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Access and Accessibility Bill (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 6-December-2018  12:36:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Coalition and Labour have come to an agreement on the "Assistance and Access Bill" legislation, which sounds like they're going to build wheelchair ramps or something similarly nice. In fact, they want permission to break everyone's encryption. Under the terms of the deal, law enforcement agencies will not be able to issue technical capability notices for companies to build back doors unless both the attorney general and communications minister approve. The bill will contain a definition of “systemic weakness” – which companies cannot be asked to create – and stipulates that disputes about what constitutes such an impermissible back door will be determined by a former judge and a person with technical expertise. So, a back door which only the good guys can use. How can that even be a thing someone is seriously asking for? Not to mention it's yet another boot in the side of the Australian tech industry and makes us look even more backwards in the eyes of the world.

Electronic Frontiers Australia have a page showing how you can contact your representative to oppose the Bill. Computerworld have a summary of concerns from the Australian IT community.

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