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The EU debates the future of encryption, two years after Australia’s controversial messaging law
27 Nov 2020 12:00 am
End-to-end encryption in messaging services has been a boon for privacy. In fact, it’s hard to see a downside to the fact that you can send someone your banking details, or medical records or other personal information without having to worry about it falling into the wrong hands. Yet encryption hasn’t been kind to law-enforcement agencies, as criminals embrace secure channels of communication, sidestepping surveillance. Against a backdrop of growing concern over terrorism, some European national governments are now pushing to grant investigators access to encrypted messages, and the European Union appears set to consider regulatory change — despite mounting concerns over privacy. Meanwhile, Australia’s encryption laws are almost two years old, although to date police have left the strongest part of the measures untouched, raising questions about why the legislation was needed in the first place.
Google, Facebook, Twitter and other platforms may see new obligations to swiftly remove terrorist content online passed this year.
WhatsApp, Signal and other messaging services may face new EU obligations to cooperate with law-enforcement agencies.
07 Aug 2020 5:19 am by Laurel HenningParts of Australian legislation granting law-enforcement agencies the right to demand access to de-encrypted communications has remain unused since its introduction in 2018.
16 Jul 2020 7:05 am by Laurel HenningAustralian laws to stop the streaming and spreading of “abhorrent violent material” via online platforms caught the attention of global leaders.