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Australian bill would make tech companies decrypt user messages

From Engadget - July 14, 2017

The bill, which will be introduced to Australian Parliament in November, will be modeled on Britain's Investigatory Powers Act that the UK passed last fall. Under the new law, internet agencies would be forced to turn over user communications the same way telephone companies hand over records when presented with a warrant.

The tech companies that would be affected -- Facebook, Google and others -- have expressed concern that any weakening of their end-to-end security (like, say, installing backdoors) might introduce vulnerabilities that hackers could exploit. But the Australian Attorney-General George Brandis believes law enforcement agencies could be granted access without creating backdoors, according to Bloomberg. That puts it between the UK's Investigatory Powers Act and the EU's law proposed in June that requires user communications to be end-to-end encrypted and outright forbids backdoors for law enforcement.

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