Displaying items by tag: Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Act 2018

The ability of Australia’s enforcement agencies to operate effectively in a digital environment where bad actors have increasingly employed encrypted communications to attempt to conceal their activities from authorities, has been identified by lobby group Communications Alliance as one of the key objectives to be considered in Federal Parliament’s review of amendments to the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Act.

Published in Security

Information that Australian law enforcement authorities collate using the country's 2018 encryption laws will be freely available to their US counterparts under the provisions of a new law which is currently the subject of a parliamentary inquiry, a legal expert says.

Published in Government Tech Policy

Australians may not have learnt much from the on-again, off-again election campaign that began on 11 April, but one thing has been made abundantly clear: the technology sector in this country is made up of wimps who are afraid to make anything, even an encryption law which they claim could destroy their industry, into an election issue.

Published in Open Sauce

The speed at which two crucial pieces of technology-related legislation have passed through Parliament has alarmed the Australian Information Industry Association which has called for more consultation between government and industry.

Published in Government Tech Policy

China has taken a swipe at Australia over the country's encryption law, saying it was "baffling" how Canberra could on the one hand claim that other countries posed security threats, while on the other hand engage in acts that endangered the cyber security of other nations.

Published in Government Tech Policy

The latest review into the Federal Government's encryption law, passed on 6 December last year, has made just three recommendations, none of which affect the actual text or definitions in the law, according to a 136-page report from the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security released on Thursday.

Published in Government Tech Policy

The Federal Government's encryption law spreads its net far and wide in society, but exempts one class of person — politicians — from its tentacles, according to an analysis of the law by lawyer and consultant Matthew Shearing.

Published in Government Tech Policy

The same fate that befell big data analytics company Splunk last month — having to pull out of doing business in Russia — is likely to be shared by many Australian technology companies in the same or other countries once the Federal Government's encryption law begins to make its presence felt.

Published in Open Sauce

The Australian Greens have taken aim at the government's encryption law again, calling for its repeal and claiming that it will have "significant, unintended consequences" as Australian-based encrypted messaging services are dumped in favour of other means of communication.

Published in Government Tech Policy

The debate over the Federal Government's recently passed encryption law is dead serious for the most part, but Melbourne University academics Dr Chris Culnane and Associate Professor Vanessa Teague found something to laugh at in the way the legislation has defined the word "computer".

Published in Government Tech Policy

All 17 amendments proposed to the Federal Government's encryption law, which was passed by Parliament on 6 December last year, have been implemented, the Department of Home Affairs says in a submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security.

Published in Government Tech Policy

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