End to end encryption in Australia

It is going to be interesting to see how this plays out across the world.


Australia’s Attorney-General has said he will be meeting with Apple as the country becomes the latest to demand that the company cease offering end-to-end encryption, reports Sky News.

Attorney-General George Brandis says he will hold talks with tech giant Apple this week in bid to get co-operation on the Turnbull government’s proposed laws compelling tech companies to give police and intelligence agencies access to encrypted information messages from suspected terrorists and criminals.

Australia is apparently determined to join the US and UK in the hall of fame of governments who don’t understand how encryption works. Brandis said that the new laws would be directly modelled on the UK’s Investigatory Powers Act, introduced last year

I still feel pretty helpless in all of this. The powers to be are doing this disconnected from both reality and from the voters that put them in said position of power.
Also, I am not sure that the average person on the street would have much of a feel for what is at stake here…. Sadly, the politicians argument would sound very solid to the average Joe….. ‘The bad guys are sending secret messages to each other over the Internet, we want to make that illegal’. I bet most people would say ‘Yes!’ to that idea.

Lastly, I have another blog in a day or two coming up that talks about end to end encryption in a place that I sort of knew would need it, but later than sooner…..