Too late to fix Australia’s encryption laws? – Saturday Extra

Australia’s Assistance and Access Act 2018 is currently being reviewed by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security. (Patra Kongsirimongkolchai / EyeEm)

Despite granting authorities unprecedented powers to access encrypted communications, Australia’s complex and controversial surveillance legislation was passed late last year, with a promise that the ‘flawed’ act would be reviewed, and tightened, in the new year.

Now, the Assistance and Access Act 2018 is undergoing review. But will amendments be enough to address the broader implications that the landmark encryption laws could have?


Suelette Dreyfus, Academic specialist researcher in cyber privacy and security at the University of Melbourne’s School of Computing and Information.

Sharon Bradford Franklin, Director of Surveillance Cybersecurity Policy at New America’s Open Technology Institute.

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