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New Australian anti-encryption bill ripe for abuse

Since 2017, Australian lawmakers have sought to read your encrypted messages on services such as WhatsApp – and now their wish has been granted. As of Thursday the 6th of December, the Australian government gave itself the power to request decrypted messages from companies and websites, much to the chagrin of security-minded people all over. The new anti-encryption bill allows Australia to go to companies such as Facebook and Apple and use “technical notices” to demand that software compromises be made so that law enforcement can access the encrypted messages. These compromises could be in the form of implanted malware or even straight up backdoors. The lawmakers have promised that this law will only be used to target the most heinous of criminals facing at least three years of imprisonment, but we’ve seen that promise broken before.
Chances are this anti-encryption power will be abused There’s just no way that these draconian investigatory powers would be abused by the A…

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