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Tech companies could leave Australia over Dutton’s encryption bill

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Tech companies could leave Australia over Dutton’s encryption bill

Some tech companies may choose to leave the Australian market to avoid being forced to install spyware on their devices and networks at the request of intelligence agencies.

Encryption underpins every secure message you send online, from online banking to private messages.

It is the technology that scrambles messages using complex algorithms into unreadable codes as they travel from sender to receiver, so anyone who intercepts the message can’t read it.

The government could be about to pass sweeping decryption laws which will give intelligence agencies strong new powers to force tech companies to help them crack encrypted devices and messages.

Australia would be a pioneer in the decryption space, as the first country among the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance to attempt large-scale reforms.

The laws were still being debated, in detail, by the cross-party Intelligence committee.

But now, the Morrison government says the agencies need the powers urgently before the Christmas break, and is “insisting” the parliament pass the laws before the end of the fortnight.

Source / Read More: SBS

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