Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Encrypted messaging laws set to pass

Apple protest Australian Bid for Encrypted Data Passes First Hurdle
Priscilla Morrison | 08 December, 2018, 08:15

The privacy of your communications - whether via email or message - is only as good as the encryption of the technology you're using.

The new legislation forces companies to crack their own encryption when and if it's requested by law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

The move makes Australia's state the first to be able to break the end-to-end encryption of Whatsapp, with other Western governments including the United Kingdom having shied away from doing so in the face of fierce criticism.

Technical Capability Notices are a direction from the government to build "to do acts or things directed towards ensuring that the provider is capable of giving certain types of help to ASIO or an interception agency" - essentially building a new capability to facilitate an investigation.

Labor MPs, including shadow ministers, said Mr Shorten was placed in an invidious position by the Morrison government, which signalled it was willing to leave for the summer break with the laws sitting in the Senate unless Labor agreed to pass them in their original form.

"We're prepared to let it go forward on that basis knowing there's more work to be done", Labor leader Bill Shorten told reporters on Thursday night.

Privacy advocates decry such a law, but the government has said that such a law is necessary to fight organized crime and terrorism, making Australia a safer place.

Australia has passed a data encryption law that will allow police and security services to access encrypted messages, according to a Business Insider report.

More news: Bucks getting Hill, Smith in 3-team swap with Cavaliers, Wizards

Cyber-security experts argue that the data-encryption law could affect the privacy of users, which could potentially leave them more vulnerable to cyber hackers.

It differs from laws in China, Russia and Turkey, where services offering end-to-end encryption are banned.

The proposed laws could also scupper cooperation with U.S. authorities because they lack sufficient privacy safeguards, Dreyfus said.

"What this law does is help codify a conversation between police and telecommunication companies, that has to be reasonable, has to be proportionate, and has to be technically feasible", he added.

He likened it to "President Donald Trump reading your mail over your shoulder as you opened it", and said the blow to encryption will make us "the laughing stock of the tech world". "Several critical issues remain unaddressed in this legislation, most significantly the prospect of introducing systemic weaknesses that could put Australians' data security at risk", read a statement by the Digital Industry Group on Thursday.

The opposition will "seek to improve" the legislation when Parliament resumes next year, he said, acknowledging that "legitimate concerns" persist.

The council was concerned the new laws could circumvent the need for the authorities to get a warrant before obtaining communications, while people could be detained in some circumstances without being allowed to contact a lawyer.

The Five Eyes intelligence network, made up of the US, Canada, Britain, Australia and New Zealand, have each repeatedly warned national security was at risk because authorities were unable to monitor the communications of suspects.

Recommended

  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Is Coming To Nintendo Switch Exclusively

    Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Is Coming To Nintendo Switch Exclusively

    Coming ten years after the last game in the series, it introduces a new over-the-shoulder camera view and has four-player co-op. You can play with up to four players via a local wireless network, pair four Joy-cons on a single Switch, or even play online.
    Kedarnath banned in 7 Uttarakhand districts, disruption of peace expected

    Kedarnath banned in 7 Uttarakhand districts, disruption of peace expected

    Of the hilly state's 13 districts, only seven have movie theatres and Kedarnath has been banned in all of them. The movie is essentially a love story set against the backdrop the Kedarnath floods and communal discord.
    Fiat Panda scores a shocking 0 star safety rating in crash test

    Fiat Panda scores a shocking 0 star safety rating in crash test

    In Europe, the Wrangler's safety systems are limited to a seatbelt reminder and a driver-operated speed limiter warning system. Similarly, deformation of the Wrangler's footwell showed that the structure had "reached the limit of its integrity".
  • 12 die in bank robbery attempts, police shootout in Brazil

    12 die in bank robbery attempts, police shootout in Brazil

    The gang escaped in two vans without taking any money, G1 said. "I heard screaming and people crying", he added. The attempted robbery of the two banks occurred around 2:30am (04:30 GMT).
    China aims for far side of moon landing

    China aims for far side of moon landing

    China, which is investing billions in its military-run space programme, hopes to have a crewed space station by 2022. Ten experiments - six from China and four from overseas - include planting potatoes and other seeds.
    Kamu Grugier-Hill: Cowboys always choke

    Kamu Grugier-Hill: Cowboys always choke

    Pederson called Grugier-Hill's comments "unfortunate" and downplayed the need for his team to come up with their own motivation. The last time these two teams met, there was a brief altercation at the 50-yard line between opposing players.
  • Deputy died from friendly fire in shootout at California country bar

    Deputy died from friendly fire in shootout at California country bar

    Long threw smoke grenades into the group of revelers, obstructing what they could see, before he opened fire. The highway patrolman was among a number of officers who were involved in a shoot-out with Long.
    Jennifer Aniston hasn't ruled out starting a family

    Jennifer Aniston hasn't ruled out starting a family

    In 2005 various sources claimed Pitt cheated on her with Jolie after falling head-over-heels for her on the set of their movie. And it's powerful and it's incredible and it's admirable.
    Dragon Resupply Mission (CRS-16)

    Dragon Resupply Mission (CRS-16)

    The Dragon space capsule that flew on Wednesday was used once before, on a supply mission in February 2017. When the Dragon arrives, it will join five other spacecraft already at the station.
  • Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled Revs Up For June 2019 Release

    Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled Revs Up For June 2019 Release

    The game will have a suggested retail price of $39.99, but a special edition called the Nitros Oxide Edition will go for $59.99. And there's a pretty good chance we could see Beenox add new levels down the road, though DLC hasn't been confirmed yet.
    BioWare's upcoming Dragon Age title is still a mystery

    BioWare's upcoming Dragon Age title is still a mystery

    The tagline "The Dread Wolf Rises" is likely a reference to Fen'Harel the elven god of betrayal in the Dragon Age universe. While it may or may not be Dragon Age 4 , Bioware's new game announcement leaves a lot more questions than answers.
    Highly Rated American Goalkeeper Zack Steffen Finalises Move to Manchester City

    Highly Rated American Goalkeeper Zack Steffen Finalises Move to Manchester City

    He endured an unhappy stint at Freiburg, leaving the German club after a year and a half to sign with the Crew. Harrison is now on loan with Leeds United, while Palmer-Brown is now on loan with Dutch side NAC Breda.

John Kelly was interviewed by Robert Mueller's team John Kelly was interviewed by Robert Mueller's team Compounding the rumors were reports surrounding Kelly taking the day off on Friday, as the president traveled to Missouri. Kelly is expected to be replaced with Nick Ayers , who is now chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence .

Rex Tillerson reflects on firing, working for "undisciplined" Trump The president didn't hold back a year ago when the reports emerged that his secretary of state called him a " moron ". Trump tweeted , apparently in response to critical comments Tillerson made the night before.

Golden Knights' Ryan Reaves KO's Capitals' Tom Wilson Golden Knights' Ryan Reaves KO's Capitals' Tom Wilson A more accurate comparison to Tuesday's hit would be the one Wilson delivered to New Jersey Devils forward Brett Seney on Friday . Usually, Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson is the one dishing out illegal hits around the National Hockey League .

Skoda Rapid replacement revealed, the 2019 Scala Skoda Rapid replacement revealed, the 2019 Scala Then there's the same 148bhp 1.5-litre petrol we've praised in the Golf, plus a 113bhp 1.6-litre diesel for high-mileage drivers. The Scala is based on MQB A0 platform and it is the first product to be based on this new VW platform.

Afghanistan's 'little Messi' leaves behind signed shirt as family flees Taliban offensive Afghanistan's 'little Messi' leaves behind signed shirt as family flees Taliban offensive Afghan security forces have beaten back the Taliban in Jaghori, but Shafiqa has said she doesn't feel her family is safe there. Speaking further, Shafiqa revealed she constantly hide her famous son's face from being spotted, while running for their life.

$1.12-Million Nissan GT-R50 Revealed In Production Form $1.12-Million Nissan GT-R50 Revealed In Production Form Developed to celebrate the 50 anniversaries of the GT-R and Italdesign, the ultra-exclusive GT-R50 will be limited to strictly 50 cars.

'Magic: The Gathering' esports league launches with $10 million in prizes 'Magic: The Gathering' esports league launches with $10 million in prizes The players themselves have yet to be revealed, but will be soon via player profiles on the esport's official website . Each of the Mythic tournaments will have a prize pool of $500,000.

Epic Games Store launches with Hades, Hello Neighbor, Ashen and free games Epic Games Store launches with Hades, Hello Neighbor, Ashen and free games Bastion , Transistor , and Pyre developer Supergiant Games revealed a new game tonight, Hades , at The Game Awards . The promotion starts on December 14, 2018 with Subnautica and is followed on December 28, 2018 by Super Meat Boy .

Valve makes 'Counter-Strike: GO' free and adds battle royale Valve makes 'Counter-Strike: GO' free and adds battle royale Each Danger Zone match includes pistols, rifles, SMGs and heavy weapons featured in the CS:GO's classic arsenal. The tablet can be upgraded to gain more detailed intel on the ever-changing Danger Zone .

Far Cry: New Dawn Announced For PlayStation 4, Xbox One, And PC Far Cry: New Dawn Announced For PlayStation 4, Xbox One, And PC What you most need to know is: it will have a Shiba Inu dog and giant pig as potential animal friends. You'll be able to explore these smaller areas and scout for supplies and resources.

President Trump nominates ex-Fox News reporter for United Nations ambassador role President Trump nominates ex-Fox News reporter for United Nations  ambassador role Haley similarly had little foreign policy experience when appointed, although she had a national name as the governor of SC . The contrast between Haley and Nauert's respective credentials and diplomatic experience couldn't be more stark.

Super-her-o! Brie Larson’s new Marvel trailer Super-her-o! Brie Larson’s new Marvel trailer Or would you rather Marvel and Sony had kept you in the dark about Spider-Man's final fate? Holland also talked about scenes from Spider-Man: Homecoming when he wasn't supposed to.

Aston Martin can cram an EV powertrain into a classic Aston cars Aston Martin can cram an EV powertrain into a classic Aston cars Given the success of the proof-of-concept build, the automaker said it should begin offering retrofits for customer cars in 2019. What the brand calls "umbilical cords" are then fed from the main power unit to drive the car's electrical systems.

Derek Fisher joins LA Sparks as head coach Derek Fisher joins LA Sparks as head coach Fisher, who helped the Lakers win five National Basketball Association titles, coached the New York Knicks from 2014 to 2016. The Los Angeles Sparks are excited to announce the hiring of five-time NBA Champion Derek Fisher as Head Coach.

Qatar's emir receives invite from Saudi king to attend GCC Summit Qatar's emir receives invite from Saudi king to attend GCC Summit But Saudi Arabia and the UAE have repeatedly said resolving the dispute was not a top priority for them. Qatar is home to the largest U.S. airbase in the Middle East.