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Tech surveillance laws proposed by Australian Government 'aggressive', critics sayND
Ariel Bogle, ABC News, Monday August 20 2018
Security experts have labelled new laws that would compel global technology companies to assist Australian spy agencies and police “aggressive”. If passed, the assistance and access bill would introduce expansive new powers to help law enforcement officers investigate criminal activity online. Australia's proposed laws represent a significant step up in the fight against the criminal use of encrypted communications, according to security researcher Christopher Parsons of The Citizen Lab in Toronto, Canada. Among other provisions, the bill proposes three key ways for technology companies, software developers and others to assist spy agencies and police: a technical assistance request, where a company can choose to voluntarily help, such as give details about the development of a new online service; a technical assistance notice, where a company is required to give assistance if they can; and a technical capability notice, where a company must build a new function so it can assist police, as long as it does not force encryption to be broken.
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