19 Nov No Use in Keeping Anti-Encryption Capabilities Secret, Expert Says
Internet Australia chairman Dr. Paul Brooks recently said that it was useless to keep secret the encryption-busting capabilities of the proposed Assistance and Access Bill. Rather, it should be made public as it is already being used in phone tapping equipment.
Addressing the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Intelligence and Security, Brooks said that smart criminals will likely avoid systems that can be tapped. He added that law-enforcement is struggling with the reality that the ability to encrypt information, the algorithms, as well as the ways of generating keys are all public.
Brooks also said that the Bill may endanger AU$ 3 billion worth of exports and render security guarantees meaningless as it would create an air of doubt whether Australian manufacturers had been subjected to a notice, and alluded to the government’s own security concerns on Huawei that led to its banning from 5G deployments.