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Apple Oz Lambastes Govt Over Decryption Proposals

Apple Australia has warned the Morrison Government that its policy demanding that companies such as itself be forced to decrypt encoded bank material could weaken security for millions of law-abiding Australians.

In a seven-page submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security, published late last week, Apple claimed the Government’s draft legislation on this matter remains “dangerously ambiguous”.

It added: “This is no time to weaken encryption. There is profound risk of making criminals’ jobs easier, not harder. 


“Increasingly stronger – not weaker – encryption is the best way to protect against these threats … It would be wrong to weaken security for millions of law-abiding customers in order to investigate the very few who pose a threat. 


“We encourage the Government to stand by their stated intention not to weaken encryption or compel providers to build systemic weaknesses into their products. Due to the breadth and vagueness of the bill’s authorities, coupled with ill-defined restrictions, that commitment is not currently being met.”


The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security is expected begin hearings on the encryption bill on Friday this week.

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