ISPs in AU and NZ start censoring the internet without legal precedent

Several websites including Voat, ZeroHedge, Archive.is, LiveLeak, and others have been blocked in Australia and New Zealand in direct contravention to civil liberties that citizens are supposed to have. The biggest of these internet providers, Telstra, has published a blog post defending their censorship action – even acknowledging that free speech has been sacrificed by … Continue reading “ISPs in AU and NZ start censoring the internet without legal precedent”

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  • Feb 23, 2019
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy, Programming, Security,

The latest twist on adding backdoors to encryption is spooky – and dangerous

Authorities around the world have been calling for backdoors to be added to strong encryption for years – part of an even older battle. The view among all top security experts is that this is a very bad idea, since it is likely to add extra vulnerabilities to systems, which weakens the security for everyone. … Continue reading “The latest twist on adding backdoors to encryption is spooky – and dangerous”

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Australia passes controversial encryption law, raising serious privacy and legal concerns

On Thursday, the Australian government passed a controversial new law that would allow law enforcement and government agencies to demand access to encrypted communications.  Under the new legislation, companies who fail to comply with requests could face fines up to $10 million (AUD), and individuals could face fines up to $50,000 (AUD). The legislation includes … Continue reading “Australia passes controversial encryption law, raising serious privacy and legal concerns”

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New Australian anti-encryption bill ripe for abuse

Since 2017, Australian lawmakers have sought to read your encrypted messages on services such as WhatsApp – and now their wish has been granted. As of Thursday the 6th of December, the Australian government gave itself the power to request decrypted messages from companies and websites, much to the chagrin of security-minded people all over. The … Continue reading “New Australian anti-encryption bill ripe for abuse”

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  • Dec 5, 2018
  • Derek Zimmer
  • Governments, News, Open Source, Privacy, Security,

Split Key Cryptography is Back… Again – Why Government Back Doors Don’t Work

Governments in the 5 eyes surveillance alliance have been relentlessly lobbying for the power to force companies to back door their encrypted data. Every year, a new proposal comes through which is a slight revision to the same-old argument. “We need to unrestricted access to X in order to protect Y.” Sometimes it is “because … Continue reading “Split Key Cryptography is Back… Again – Why Government Back Doors Don’t Work”

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Coalition calls on Australia’s government to reject plans to undermine encryption

Today, a global coalition led by civil society and technology experts sent a letter asking the government of Australia to abandon plans to introduce legislation that would undermine strong encryption. The letter calls on government officials to become proponents of digital security and work collaboratively to help law enforcement adapt to the digital era. In … Continue reading “Coalition calls on Australia’s government to reject plans to undermine encryption”

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  • Jul 15, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Australian Prime Minister Turnbull: The laws of mathematics don’t apply in Australia

Australia’s Prime Minister Michael Turnbull doesn’t believe in the laws of mathematics – a troubling sign for a world leader to say the least. Australia’s leader spoke the infamous words at a press conference yesterday in Sydney, Australia. When asked by a journalist if the laws of mathematics would trump the laws of Australia (as … Continue reading “Australian Prime Minister Turnbull: The laws of mathematics don’t apply in Australia”

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  • Jun 26, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Australia wants to be able to read your encrypted messages

Australia’s Attorney General Senator Brandis announced over the weekend that he would be leading the discussion on squeezing tech firms and forcing them to encryption backdoors in secure messaging apps at the next annual meeting of public security ministers and attorney generals from the Five Eyes countries (United States, Canada, United Kingdom, New Zealand, and … Continue reading “Australia wants to be able to read your encrypted messages”

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  • Apr 28, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Australian Federal Police unapologetic after accessing a journalist’s metadata without a warrant

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) admitted on Friday that they had illegally accessed call records metadata of an Australian journalist without seeking the proper warrant beforehand. In Australia, like many other countries, there are specific protections to keep law enforcement from willy nilly seeking private information on journalists and whistleblowers. To access the metadata that all … Continue reading “Australian Federal Police unapologetic after accessing a journalist’s metadata without a warrant”

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