Cracking Down on Personal Information: Legitimacy for Backdoors and Anti-Encryption

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1Q 2019 | IN-5368


Australia Passes New "Anti-Encryption" Legislation


In the last few days before the end of the year (December 8, 2018), Australia moved forward with a new piece of legislation that gives more power to the government for investigative security purposes. Entitled Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018, it allows law enforcement and government entities to effectively circumvent most (if not all) encryption put in place by prominent technology vendors to protect users’ personal information and gain direct access to that data. This will affect any new market entrants, as well as existing players, forcing even technology giants like Google, WhatsApp, and Facebook to conform to the new regulatory measures and, to put it bluntly, “unlock” almost every piece of Personal Identifiable Information (PII) and consumer data for governmental agencies that request access to it.


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