Two-thirds of Australian technology companies believe the federal government’s new encryption laws will compromise trust in their products and damage their export prospects in the long term, according to new figures from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI). Conducted before the passage of the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018 in December after token resistance from the Opposition, the new Perceptions Survey was distributed to 512 startups, scaleups, SMEs, large enterprises and peak bodies by industry body the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network (AustCyber).

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