Australia Passes Encryption-Busting Bill

Australia Passes Encryption-Busting Bill

Australia passed this Thursday the contentious Assistance and Access Bill 2018 which will give law enforcement power to compel tech firms like Apple or Google to provide access to the encrypted data of its customers.

The bill was to be debated in the upper Senate, where Labor said it would suggest new amendments, before going back to the lower house. However, Labor then said that despite its reservations, it would pass the bill in the Senate, provided that the coalition agree to its amendments next year.

Institutions found to be in violation of the bill can be fined up to A$10 million, while individuals who fail to turn over data linked to suspected illegal activities may be given a prison sentence.

Source: Reuters

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