Australia’s surveillance laws could damage internet security globally, overseas critics say

Australia's new technology surveillance laws are drawing increasing scrutiny from international privacy groups and technology companies.

Crimes, smartphone applications and data can cross borders thanks to the internet, and the proposed legislation is part of a push to allow authorities greater access to suspects' secure messages.

“The lack of access to encrypted communications presents an increasingly significant barrier for national security and law enforcement agencies,” Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said when introducing the bill to parliament in mid-September.

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