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Australia anti-encryption law rushed to passage


The law won final legislative approval at the parliament’s final session of the year. Prime minister Scott Morrison said it was urgently needed. — AFP

The law won final legislative approval at the parliament’s final session of the year. Prime minister Scott Morrison said it was urgently needed. — AFP

A newly enacted law rushed through Australia’s parliament will compel technology companies such as Apple, Facebook and Google to disable encryption protections so police can better pursue terrorists and other criminals.

Cybersecurity experts say the law, the first of its kind globally, will instead be a boon to the criminal underworld by undermining the technical integrity of the internet, hurting digital security and user privacy.

   

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