Last week, the Australian Parliament passed a new encryption bill that will force technology companies to provide law enforcement and security agencies with access to encrypted communications. Reform Government Surveillance coalition (RGS) which includes Microsoft, Apple, Facebook and others strongly opposed this bill as it compromises on the privacy and data security of their users.
“RGS has consistently opposed any government action that would undermine the cybersecurity, human rights, or the right to privacy of our users – unfortunately, the Assistance and Access Bill that was just passed through the Australian Parliament will do just that. The new Australian law is deeply flawed, overly broad, and lacking in adequate independent oversight over the new authorities. RGS urges the Australian Parliament to promptly address these flaws when it reconvenes,” RGS coalition said in its press release.