Date: October 19, 2018
“In a rare show of public protest, Apple has berated the Morrison government’s proposed anti-encryption bill, calling it “dangerously ambigious” and “alarming to every Australian”.
The Access and Assistance Bill would see tech companies like Apple compelled to help federal authorities gain access to encrypted communications, which the government has said are increasingly being used by terrorist groups and criminals to avoid detection and disruption.
Under the bill, Apple’s own encrypted messaging service iMessage would be susceptible to breaches by authorities, as would third-party messaging services like Wickr, and locked iPhone devices.
“[It] could allow the government to order the makers of smart home speakers to install persistent eavesdropping capabilities.” – Apple
In a seven-page submission to federal Parliament that was made public on Friday afternoon, Apple said that, rather than protecting citizens from online criminal behaviour, the changes could undermine the privacy and security of smartphone users.
Although the Australian government says the bill’s intention isn’t to compel software “back doors”, Apple says the “breadth and vagueness of the bill’s authorities, coupled with ill-defined restrictions” leaves its meaning open to interpretation.”
Are they really this uninformed?…or just stupid?
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