Lawyers cry foul over spy­ing laws

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - WORLD -

– Aus­tralia’s top le­gal body yesterday warned of po­lice and in­tel­li­gence “over­reach” af­ter Can­berra rushed through par­lia­ment con­tro­ver­sial laws al­low­ing au­thor­i­ties to cir­cum­vent en­crypted com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

Un­der the leg­is­la­tion, po­lice and in­tel­li­gence agen­cies can force tech­nol­ogy firms – in­clud­ing over­seas com­mu­ni­ca­tion gi­ants like Face­book and What­sApp – to re­move en­crypted pro­tec­tion for peo­ple un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Can­berra says the laws are needed to in­ter­cept com­mu­ni­ca­tions be­tween se­ri­ous crim­i­nals, like ter­ror­ists and pae­dophiles.

“I think these laws were rushed,” op­po­si­tion leader Bill Shorten ad­mit­ted yesterday. – AFP

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