New Encryption Bill Harms Privacy
The Exposure Draft Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018 was first introduced on September 20, 2018 by the Law Council of Australia.
On December 6, 2018, Australia quickly passed a new bill that would enable government officials to access encrypted domains from any digital platform (e.g., WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal, ProtonMail, banks, etc).
The Assistance and Access Bill has been introduced as an ‘anti-terror’ law; however, opponents voiced their terror of the bill’s invasive nature.
What Stays Down Under…
Australia was summoned to ‘take the lead’ in providing the United States, United Kingdom and other allies with access to secretly encrypted messages that deem dangerous.
The bill has only been enacted Down Under, but it could easily become enacted worldwide.
Australia could simply hand over this legislation to us in the USA for use due to Five Eyes— alliance including the 5 major English speaking countries:
Encryption is Universal
One purpose to weaken encryption systems will weaken all purposes!
Terrorists aren’t alone regarding encryption use.
Encryption is used to secure online purchases, digital communication and even finances with online/digital banking. Banks, government entities, websites, etc. all use encrypted systems.
Australian Overseas Data
Australian businesses with overseas relations will be affected as their offshore parties worry about the security & privacy of their encrypted data down under.
Switter, Tryst, Assembly Four
Many U.S. companies warned American users of Australian hosted services before the enactment.
Assembly Four, an Australian based company specializing in empowering sex workers, has been highly appreciated by many USA sex workers nationwide regarding FOSTA.
Honey Notes is a data management software, and it’s Assembly Four’s newest project. The software includes encryption. However, that feature might no longer exist, or they will weaken the encryption service with a mandatory ‘back door’ for the government to access (while also giving hackers easier access).
Australian Tech Exodus
Australia can kiss their tech industry goodbye.
There is no sense in risking the digital security of millions because of a couple of ‘terrorists’.
Snitches Are Bitches
To further demonstrate the atrocity of this bill, the government will require access to a company’s software via forcing an employee to create an accessible ‘back door’, and if they admit to any employers, then they risk a prison sentence.
Ultimately, companies will be forced to sabotage.
No Horse Too Dead to Beat
As FOSTA bans American sex workers from digital advertising venues, this bill could ban Australians from digital encryption services.
The internet may be young, but the desire to control & limit this digital realm is getting old.