Decryption laws edge closer to reality | Marten IT Blog

Decryption laws edge closer to reality

The federal government will move to introduce legislation for its crackdown on encrypted communications services in the upcoming spring sitting of parliament, a year after it first promised to do so.
It plans to present the legislation – dubbed the Telecommunication and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill – before December 7 this year.

I have heard the arguments from ordinary users stating that they have nothing to hide so why should they care? There are a number of aspects to this.
1. Whilst the government is not a corrupt totalitarian regime, you may have little to fear from them but history has shown that this is not guaranteed and can change very quickly.
2. Your communications which expose personal information such as your banking information, your username and password for the various services you access etc. should always be secure and encrypted. If the government has a backdoor then what stops criminals from exploiting this back door? Its a valid argument because trusting the custodians of the backdoor key has been proven to be folly as it will always be exploited. Just look at the leaks from supposedly secure government organisations such as the NSA, CIA and FBI in the US.
3. On another level, if your data can be decrypted in transit by third parties, what is there to stop this information from being mined and used for marketing or to profile individuals for other purposes?
4. If you are not convinced that it is a bad idea, just think about the countless millions of accounts that have been hacked due to the custodians of your personal data being hacked. This information has been used to steal money, create false identities for other criminal activities etc.

It's interesting that governments that were formerly conservative in their thinking are now on the bandwagon of trying to impose these types of laws. Historically it was always more likely to come from the left of politics that would push such ideas.

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