New encryption law: Australia first Orwellian state?

New encryption law: Australia first Orwellian state?


The full impact of Australia’s new law to crack down on encryption is still unknown.

From what can be read currently, and currently available information the very broad and vague law is introduced to request the assistance of technology companies storing data in the country to make it available for law-enforcement.

And the vagueness is the problem: currently there is a movement to close the loopholes, and clarify further what the laws about. Most of the effort is geared towards defining a clear scope that the law is supposed to fulfill.

The law originated in December 2018 as the telecommunications access and assistance act and applies to a wide range of companies among others social media firms manufactures telecommunications companies and even retail companies providing Wi-Fi to their customers.

Prior to the 2013 Snowden revelations the world, or at least large parts of it, was unaware of encryption, and it’s importance.

There is the ongoing discussion about how much privacy must be for fitted in favor of security.

On the other hand we have to consider, and constantly keep in consideration that The United Nations human rights Carta Clearly states that the privacy of people is very sacred.

It’s going to be interesting to see how this law develops, and which iterations are made to find a middle ground to harbor both the security aspect, as well as not violating human rights.

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