Australian encryption laws cause a rift with Silicon Valley


Date: 19 October 2018. Duration: 19:50

A plan to revamp laws in Australia to allow law-enforcement agencies to read decrypted messages has pitted Canberra against US tech companies including Apple and Cisco, amid fears the bill’s current wording could weaken the privacy protections of encrypted messages. At the same time, Australia’s top competition regulator, Rod Sims, has warned that regulators around the world are facing tougher decisions on the competitive impact of mergers involving data-rich companies.

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