In a completely dystopic move towards a surveillance state the government in Oz has been on tech companies’ cases to give them back door access.
Better not to be complacent. These things start as just winning easy political points but erode digital citizen rights over time as we normalize surveillance states.
You need to keep in mind that the tech media in Australia is just as rabid for clicks as the mainstream media, if not more rabid.
What the bill requires is that companies give targeted assistance where they can do so without compromising anybody else's security.
For example removing or weakening E2E encryption is absolutely not permitted by this bill, let alone required.
What might be permitted, for example, is adding a hard-coded list of account IDs to an app and if a user is in this list, the app sends plaintext to law enforcement. This would not impact anybody save the people who have been targeted.
>Directs the Attorney General to create a prize competition to award participants who create a lawful access solution in an encrypted environment, while maximizing privacy and security.
Is this a joke?
>"It adds so little but we actually need to remove it because we can't see it"
It'd be funny except for the senate.gov URL
uhh.. I'm thinking joke too. Nothing improves protection against _everyday_ violent crime, like... removing end to end encryption??
The Streisand Effect for communication.
And our children's children will wake up in a world that looks like communist China. Where every move we make is monitored, every interaction is scored, and every associate we have implicates us.
Computers are a fantastic gift, but they're being used to turn us into cattle.
If Snowden is telling the truth, and he seems very credible, we're basically there already. E2E encryption is among the most promising ways to retain our Fourth Amendment right (to have protection against unreasonable searches). Taking away E2EE is akin to taking away our fourth amendment right.
I don't want terrorism or other criminal activity, and I'm sorry if this makes some security roles more difficult, but the bill of rights must still be honored. I hope this argued well and goes to the supreme court if necessary.
The average age of US Senators is 61.8 years, nearly the oldest in U.S. history. Our policy-makers are seniors who won't be around to suffer under the consequences of their bad policy.
God how terrifying, luckily its just 3 arch republicans proposing it, Graham, Cotton, Blackburn.
God knows though during the next national security crises all democrats will be onboard.
Not if Pelosi leaves/is supplanted, which I think could happen in the next congress. She's the major Dem arm-twister on intelligence issues; there are several others who are likeminded, but she's the power center.
And a lot of the younger Dems are far less impressed with the intelligence/natsec boogie-man presentations and more aware of privacy/security issues.
There have been several cert-vendor compromises publicized over the years - how many weren't publicized/discovered, and now many were not compromises, but rather subversions?