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Australia passes bill to force tech firms to hand over encrypted data

“When it becomes law, Australia will be one of the first nations to impose broad access requirements on technology firms, after many years of lobbying by intelligence and law enforcement agencies in many countries, particularly the so-called Five Eyes nations” writes Min Read for reuters.com. SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s parliament on Thursday passed a bill to force tech firms such as Alphabet Inc’s Google (GOOGL.O), Facebook FB.N and Apple (AAPL.O) to give police access to encrypted data, the most far-reaching such requirements imposed by a western country.The bill provides for…

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Google, Apple, Facebook face world-first encryption laws in Australia

“Australia passed new laws that allow law enforcement to access encrypted messages, legislation that leading tech companies, including Google, Facebook and Twitter, have all opposed” writes Claire Reilly for cnet.com. They say law enforcement needs access to these services — and greater regulation of tech companies broadly — to ensure public safety.The new laws come as tech companies and governments around the world debate the importance of encryption amid a changing national security landscape.Governments and law enforcement agencies across the US, Europe and other western nations argue terrorists and criminals…

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Australia poised to force tech firms to hand over encrypted data

“Apple had previously, in a public submission to lawmakers, said demanding access to encrypted data would necessitate weakening the encryption and increase the risk of hacking” reports businessinsider.com. The laws, staunchly opposed by the tech giants since Australia is seen as a test case as other nations explore similar rules, provide for fines up to A$10 million ($7.3 million) for failing to give authorities access to private data.The government has said the proposed laws are needed to counter terror attacks and organized crime and that security agencies would need to…

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Marriott data breach impacts 500 million Starwood hotel guests

“Marriott discovered a data breach that could have affected up to 500 million guests, the company said Friday” writes Sean Keane for cnet.com. Firefox warning: It’ll let you know if the website you’re visiting suffered a data breach.For around 327 million of those impacted, that data included names, addresses, phone numbers, emails, passport numbers and travel details.An internal investigation found that its network was first breached in 2014, and that “an unauthorized party had copied and encrypted information.”.  Source: cnet.com Share This:

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Apple says ‘dangerous’ Australian encryption laws put ‘everyone at risk’

“The Australian parliament is currently considering new encryption laws that would require tech giants such as Apple, Facebook, WhatsApp and more to provide access to encrypted communications to law enforcement for policing crime” reports cnet.com. Australia’s conservative federal government has insisted that the laws would not require tech companies to build so-called “back doors” into encrypted communications.Apple also says the proposed Australian laws could force the company to break the laws of other jurisdictions such as the US and Europe, and compromise the privacy of users around the world.Whether it’s…

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Apple and Facebook among tech firms lobbying against Australia’s encrypted data law

“The government has said the proposed law is needed amid a heightened risk of terror attacks” reports cnbc.com. Four global tech giants — Facebook, Apple, Alphabet and Amazon — will oppose an Australian law that would require them to provide access to private encrypted data linked to suspected illegal activities, an industry lobby group said on Wednesday.Australia in August proposed fines of up to A$10 million ($7.2 million) for institutions and prison terms for individuals who do not comply with a court request to give authorities access to private data.The…

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Tech giants allied against proposed Australia law seeking encrypted data

“The government has said the proposed law is needed amid a heightened risk of terror attacks” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Australia in August proposed fines of up to A$10 million ($7.2 million) for institutions and prison terms for individuals who do not comply with a court request to give authorities access to private data.If the bill becomes law, Australia would be one of the first nations to impose broad access requirements on technology companies, though others are poised to follow.The so-called Five Eyes nations, which share intelligence, said…

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US, UK, and other governments asks tech companies to build backdoors into encrypted devices

“The US, UK, and three other governments have called on tech companies to build backdoors into their encrypted products, so that law enforcement will always be able to obtain access” writes Sep Edt for theverge.com. If companies don’t, the governments say they “may pursue technological, enforcement, legislative, or other measures” in order to get into locked devices and services. Source: theverge.com Share This:

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US and UK governments seek mandatory ‘backdoors’ in chat apps

“The UK and US governments have threatened to introduce new laws that would force messaging apps such as WhatsApp to give them so-called “backdoor access” to encrypted text services” writes James Titcomb for telegraph.co.uk. So-called “encryption backdoors” are tools built into a system to allow law enforcement officials to “unlock” encrypted communications in apps to gain access to a suspect’s messages. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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DOJ asks Facebook to help it snoop on encrypted voice chats

“DOJ asks Facebook to help it snoop on encrypted voice chats The Department of Justice wants Facebook to give it access to encrypted voice chats as part of a criminal probe, according to a new report” reports slashgear.com. The issue revolves around Messenger and its encrypted chats feature, which users can manually enable for specific conversations.The issue has been taken to court, according to Reuters, which says that Facebook is arguing that the communication is end-to-end encrypted. Source: slashgear.com Share This:

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