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Australia wants Five Eyes to squeeze tech firms on encryption

The political rhetoric against strong encryption continues to crank up. Reuters reports today that Australia will be pushing for greater powers for countries to tackle the use of encrypted messaging services by terrorists and criminals at an upcoming meeting of ministers from the so-called Five Eyes intelligence network. I will raise the need to address ongoing challenges posed by terrorists and criminals using encryption, Australian Attorney General Senator Brandis is quoted as saying, ahead of the meeting of the group next week. These discussions will focus on the need to…

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UK surveillance law still fuzzy on decryption rules for comms providers

A little moredetail has emerged about howa key componentof theyesterdayby the digital rights organization Open Rights Group. Technical capability notices refer tothe statutory instrumentby which the U.K. government will be able to place obligations on ISPs and communications services providers to ensure government surveillancecapabilitiesset out in the legislation are able tofunction. The draft documentsets out requirements for communications services providers to maintain a capability to be in a position to hand over de-encrypted data in near real time when served a warrant by a government agency, and to have the…

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