Australia: Parliament passes anti-encryption bill

The Parliament of Australia has passed the Assistance and Access Bill 2018, which allows Australian authorities to pressure communication providers and tech companies into giving them access to encrypted electronic communications, all in the name of fighting crime and terrorism. Interception capabilities The companies will be forced to use interception capabilities they already have or to build new ones – although the government claims that the authorities can’t use these powers “to introduce so-called ‘backdoors’ or require a provider to disclose communications content or data.” The legislation has been introduced into Parliament in September 2018 and the Australian Labor Party coalition was set on introducing a number of amendments that would limit some of the powers before letting it pass.

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