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Big Brother Australia cracks open encrypted messaging

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Big Brother Australia cracks open encrypted messaging | Asia Times

Expect similar laws coming to the US, Canada, New Zealand and the UK soon

Cryptology experts fear that contentious Australian laws that require tech firms to give security agencies access to encrypted data could be exploited by the same terrorists and criminals they are supposed to entrap.Passed by federal parliament Thursday, the Assistance and Access Bill is likely to be copied in some form by other Western countries as part of an effort to redefine attitudes to the regulation of online communications.


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These same five countries comprise the so-called “Five Eyes” partnership that shares signals intelligence, so there is an obvious security aspect to the regulatory crackdown. The laws are intended to give police “back door” access to encrypted communications used by terrorists and criminals.
This would likely involve the installation of a screen-capturing application downloaded onto a suspect’s mobile phone, or software allowing police to track suspects through the GPS facilities already on their phone.
Australian Attorney General Christian Porter said security agencies would mostly be targeting messaging systems like WhatsApp, Wickr, Signal and Telegram.cont at link
The 5 Eyes group wants telecom companies to install "backdoors" on their equipment to allow them to view any communications on their networks. Huawe, the Chinese telecom giant is banned from Aussie telecom networks because of a fear of backdoors officially
 

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Big Brother Australia cracks open encrypted messaging | Asia Times

Expect similar laws coming to the US, Canada, New Zealand and the UK soon


The 5 Eyes group wants telecom companies to install "backdoors" on their equipment to allow them to view any communications on their networks. Huawe, the Chinese telecom giant is banned from Aussie telecom networks because of a fear of backdoors officially

I'm thinking tracking via GPS has been going on for a long time now. I haven't done the math, but they can probably track every GPS activated mobile device in the world, once a minute, for an entire day, and fit the info onto a $200 harddrive.
 

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Big Brother Australia cracks open encrypted messaging | Asia Times

Expect similar laws coming to the US, Canada, New Zealand and the UK soon


The 5 Eyes group wants telecom companies to install "backdoors" on their equipment to allow them to view any communications on their networks. Huawe, the Chinese telecom giant is banned from Aussie telecom networks because of a fear of backdoors officially

They won't have to. Just install Huawei and ZTE equipment and the backdoors will come free of charge. Of course the Chinese will be the only people that can open them, but what the heck. Can't have everything.
 
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