The latest law passed by Australian Parliament has outraged global privacy advocates. The Assistance and Access Bill (AA Bill) essentially allows Australian officials to access the content of end-to-end encrypted communications. While it may be an Australian law, global privacy advocates predict it will impact global privacy rights, and other countries may follow suit.
Here’s what you need to know. The most controversial parts of the AA Bill are the “frameworks for voluntary and mandatory industry assistance to law enforcement and intelligence agencies” that allow the Australian government to access encrypted communication content.
- What does “industry assistance” mean?
It means the Australian government can force “designated communication providers” to use known capabilities to intercept communications or build a new interception capability.
- Who is a “designated communication provider?”
In short, anyone who touches hardware, software, or data used in end-to-end communication, including online services like websites. Continue reading Online Privacy in Australia Takes a Major Hit. Who’s Next?