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Encryption cracking campaign gets weak support from Five Eyes nations

George Nott | July 3, 2017
The US, UK, New Zealand, Australia and Canada are part of the Five Eyes group.

It is unclear how the Australian government expects ISPs and device-makers to assist in investigations and provide access to encrypted communications without building backdoors into their products.

Brandis said the government will be meeting with the private sector in the coming months to discuss options.

“We want to engage with the private sector, to achieve a set of voluntary solutions,” he told the ABC.

Brandis said he did not want to resort to the coercive powers which had been legislated by the UK and New Zealand.

Late last year the UK introduced its Investigatory Powers Act, which allows the government to compel communications providers to remove “electronic protection applied…to any communications or data”.

The government’s power to force the removal of encryption, the legislation notes, must be “reasonable” and “practicable”; caveats that are yet to be tested.

The so-called ‘Snoopers Charter’ passed into law in December, but is being hampered by the European Court of Justice which deemed it unlawful.


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