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Australia’s new “encryption” law causes privacy concerns

May 29, 2019

Are you providing an app or online service to the Australian market?

In December last year, Australia passed a bill called “ Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018” which is aimed at simplifying law enforcement, fighting terrorism and preventing child abuse by making it easier for law enforcement agencies to request data from service providers, including receiving encryption keys or other “backdoors” into e.g apps or cloud services. The legislation applies to online service providers offering services to anyone in Australia giving it quite a large impact, and has been questioned extensively for its impact on individual’s privacy, when a service provider may be required to build in backdoors to their systems which can leave them vulnerable. Are you providing an app or online service to the Australian market? Catch up by reading the legislation here: https://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id:%22legislation/billhome/r6195%22

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