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Australia Passes Bill Allowing Government to Bypass Messaging Encryption

Australia Passes Bill Allowing Government to Bypass Messaging Encryption

The Australian Parliament passed a bill on Thursday which will allow government agencies to bypass encryption and access private messages on apps through “backdoors.” One security expert said the law “poison-pills their entire domestic tech industry.”

According to Fortune, the Assistance and Access Bill will force technology companies “to help the country’s security agencies bypass the encryption in private messaging apps.”

“Over in Australia they’re shooting themselves in the face with a shockingly technically nonsensical encryption backdoor law,” declared popular systems security commentator SwiftOnSecurity.

“Doesn’t even help it just poison-pills their entire domestic tech industry, breaks imports.”

In 2015, China passed a law requiring technology companies to hand over encryption keys to the government when requested.

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