Tech giants warn Australia against law to break encryption

By: AFP November 29,2018 - 10:36 PM

Digital giants led by Google, Facebook and Amazon have warned Australia against passing a “fundamentally flawed” law allowing security services to spy on encrypted communications among suspected criminals and terrorists.

In a submission sent to parliament this week and made available to AFP Thursday, the Digital Industry Group Inc. (DIGI) said the legislation proposed by Australia’s government would undermine rather than enhance the nation’s security.

The bill, currently under consideration by a parliamentary committee, would give security agencies wide powers to force telecommunications and technology companies to give them access to encrypted devices and messaging apps.

The conservative government of Prime Minister Scott Morrison has demanded the bill be passed into law before parliament goes into recess on December 6, saying a number of ongoing counter-terrorism investigations were being hindered by plotters’ use of encrypted messaging.

Authorities stepped up pressure for the bill’s urgent adoption after three men were arrested and charged two weeks ago for allegedly plotting an Islamist-inspired mass shooting attack in Melbourne using encrypted messaging applications to communicate.

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