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TECH COM­PA­NIES RE­SPON­SI­BLE FOR DE­CRYPT­ING COM­MU­NI­CA­TIONS OF SUS­PECTED CRIM­I­NALS. Aus­tralia is lead­ing the way in giv­ing lo­cal au­thor­i­ties the power to co­erce tech com­pa­nies to de­crypt com­mu­ni­ca­tions of users sus­pected of se­ri­ous crimes like ter­ror­ism, child sex of­fences or drug and gun-re­lated crimes with penal­ties greater than three years of gaol time. This bill has passed both houses of par­lia­ment and while, La­bor agreed to the bill with some con­sti­tu­tional amend­ments, the fun­da­men­tal laws have al­ready as­cended to leg­is­la­tion with only a few el­e­ments re­quir­ing a 28-day no­ti­fi­ca­tion pe­riod be­fore tak­ing ef­fect. An in­ter­na­tional con­sor­tium of tech com­pa­nies in­clud­ing Ap­ple, Google and Mi­crosoft have con­demned the bill as “overly broad and lack­ing in in­de­pen­dent over­sight”.

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