Australia rushes its ‘dangerous’ anti-encryption bill into parliament, despite massive opposition
Australia’s controversial anti-encryption bill is one step closer to becoming law, after the two leading but sparring party political giants
If companies refuse, they could face financial penalties.
Lawmakers say that the law is only meant to target serious criminals — sex offenders, terrorists, homicide and drug offenses. Critics have pointed out that the law could allow mission creep into less serious offenses, such as copyright infringement, despite promises that compelled assistance requests are signed off by two senior government officials.
In all, the proposed provisions have been
But that’s unlikely to get in the way of the bill’s near-inevitable passing.
Australia’s ruling coalition government and its opposition Labor party agreed to have the bill put before parliament this week before its summer break.
Several lawmakers look set to reject the bill, criticizing the government’s efforts to rush through the bill before the holiday.
“Far from being a ‘national security measure’ this bill will have the unintended consequence of diminishing the online safety, security and privacy of every single Australian,” said Jordon Steele-John, a Greens’
Tim Watts, a Labor member of Parliament for Gellibrand, tweeted
The tech community — arguably the most affected by the bill’s passing — has also slammed the bill.
But the rhetoric isn’t likely to dampen the rush by the global surveillance pact — the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand, known as the so-called “Five Eyes” group of nations — to push for greater access to encrypted data. Only earlier this year, the governmental coalition said in no uncertain terms that it
Australia’s likely to pass the bill — but when exactly remains a mystery. The coalition government has to call an election