En­crypted ac­cess law

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS -

PO­LICE try­ing to get ac­cess to ter­ror­ists’ en­crypted mes­sages will have to check with a judge or an­other author­ity if pro­posed changes be­come law.

Home Af­fairs Min­is­ter Peter Dut­ton is push­ing for new laws re­quir­ing tech com­pa­nies to hand over en­crypted mes­sages when author­i­ties are in­ves­ti­gat­ing crimes.

Spy agen­cies say 95 per cent of their in­ves­ti­ga­tions now in­volve peo­ple us­ing en­crypted mes­sages. But Mr Dut­ton says author­i­ties won’t have war­rant­less ac­cess.

“We need to get the proper bal­ances in place,” he said.

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