The Australian technology industry is “incredulous to fuming mad” after the Government's controversial encryption bill passed the Senate.
Under the new laws, security agencies have greater powers to get at the encrypted messages of criminal suspects — in some cases they can demand companies build new capabilities to allow them access.
Labor members called the bill flawed during debate on Thursday, but the Opposition later pulled its amendments at the last minute and voted to support the Government.
Australia Anti-Encryption Law Triggers Sweeping Backlash
A newly-passed Australian law could allow the government to force tech companies to create backdoors in their products.
A controversial Australian bill, which could give the government access to data protected by end-to-end encryption, was passed Thursday.
The bill, called the Assistance and Access Act, empowers Australian police to essentially force companies (that are operating in the country) to help the government hack into systems, plant malware or insert backdoors.
i2Coalition Releases Statement On Australian Encryption Law Passing
On December 6th, the Australian Internet Parliament formally passed the “Assistance and Access Bill.” This package includes a series of provisions which require tech firms to help the country’s security agencies bypass encrypted communications in their systems.