AUSTRALIA SUCCEEDS IN OPENING DOOR TO DESTROY CONSUMER TECH, PHONE PRIVACY
Well, there goes the neighborhood. Thanks a lot, Australia. You just may have opened a door that will screw everyone else. But how did Australia do this? They just passed a new law that allows their law enforcement to force companies like Apple to include backdoors into their products. So doesn’t that sound dirty? But it’s even worse than the casual tawdry. What this really means is that Apple would then have to create a way for Aussie police to access your phone, regardless of what security you have in place. Say goodbye to your phone privacy. Fingerprints? Nope. Facial recognition? Nope. But did you encrypt your phone? Sucker. That may not matter anymore. Consumer encryption is in big trouble.
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NEW LAW ONLY TO IMPACT PRODUCTS IN AUSTRALIA, BUT PANDORA’S BOX DOESN’T CARE
So this is kind of a big fucking deal. The name of this horrible law is the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Act 2018. So sure, you may have already guessed that this only applies to products sold or to be used on the continent of Australia. That’s absolutely true. But now that those police state idiots Down Under have opened the door, we may all get dragged thru it as well. Don’t think so? Then you’re an idiot. Creating backdoor access to tech products like phones and computers has been a major battle in the United States in recent years.
NEW AUSSIE LAW WILL KILL INNOVATION, LOCAL TECH INDUSTRY IS NOW A GONER
Tech companies, for their part, have argued incessantly that encryption no one can break is the keystone for customer privacy. Law enforcement has in turn argued that they need access to these devices and their related accounts to fight crime. But most especially to fight terrorism. Yet one maybe-terrorist-scenario doesn’t equal the basic rights of hundreds of millions of people. But Australia has opened the door to this Pandora’s box. The new law has already had a chilling effect on its technology sector. But maybe we should say their soon to be former technology sector. The best of the best won’t go there now.