Encryption bill could have 'catastrophic' outcomes for Australian business, industry leaders warn

Posted in: Government & Policy at 03/12/2018 00:23

Members of the Australian technology industry have warned that the Government's encryption bill would devastate their reputation, triggering job losses and a reduction in exports.

Under its proposed powers, the Assistance and Access Bill could require a company to create a new mechanism for law enforcement to access encrypted communications — for example, text messages from a terrorist suspect — while also demanding it keep the capability a secret.

Francis Galbally, chairman of the leading encryption provider Senetas, said this situation would breed serious mistrust of businesses like its own.

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