Lawyers cry foul over spying laws
– 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