18 Oct OAIC Seeks Sunset Clause for Australia’s Encryption-Busting Bill
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner urged the Australian government this week to introduce a sunset clause to the Assistance and Access Bill which is considered by many to be a risk to privacy.
In its submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security, the data regulator wanted assurance that the government would consider at some point the effectiveness of the scheme and its oversight.
However, the OAIC said it would settle for a parliamentary review similar to that used in the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act. Nevertheless, it warned that the proposed legislation may still pose privacy risks.