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Comms Minister Fifield flags interest in GDPR-like laws

Minister Fifield says Internet no longer an ‘ungoverned space’ and era of hands-off regulation may need to end.
Later in the speech Fifield said “Australians should be able to control their online footprints and their personal data," a clear reference to Europe's General Data Protection Regulation. "They should be able to trust their online news sources," he added, before warning "And when these things don't happen, we will look at the full range of policy, regulatory and other options available to us.”


Decryption laws enter parliament

The federal government has moved to introduce the legislation underpinning its controversial crackdown on encrypted communications services.

“The bill specifically provides that companies cannot be required to create systemic weaknesses in their encrypted products or be required to build a decryption capability," Dutton said in the bill's first reading.

The government has said this will invariably involve some weakening of security, but denies that it will lead to systemic weaknesses or vulnerabilities like backdoors in products or services.

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