What internet users Down Under say online will no longer be kept on the down low.
On Thursday, Australia’s Parliament passed the Assistance and Access Bill. The legislation will force tech companies to help Australian authorities decrypt users’ online communications — and it could represent a major blow to data privacy elsewhere in the world.
Messages sent via services such as Facebook’s Messenger or Apple’s iMessage can be encrypted. That means the message is scrambled in a way that’s unintelligible without a special key.
Solid encryption prevents a message from being readable if it’s intercepted by a third party. That’s a thorn Lees verder