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Government approves introduction of anti-encryption bill without making public the consultation process

Tuesday, 18 September

The Coalition joint party room must wait until the Department of Home Affairs finishes reviewing public submissions made to the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018 before introducing the legislation, according to the Australian Greens.

 

Australian Greens Digital Rights spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John said it was an affront to transparent, open and accountable government that the Coalition joint party room had this morning approved the bill.

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The war on encryption

I want to speak briefly tonight on a subject that has been bugging me for a little while. It is something that I guess has been creeping up on us for a time, but even in the matter of the last couple of days it has broken open somewhat, including in the National Security Statement that the Prime Minister delivered in the House earlier today. That is the subject of encryption of private communications. It is something of a sleeper issue.

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Turnbull's demands to break encryption are counter-productive, dangerous and ignorant: Greens

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s demand for “access” to encrypted services reveals a Brandis-esque level of digital illiteracy across this entire government, Australian Greens Co-Deputy Leader Scott Ludlam said today.

“This knee-jerk reaction to horrific incidents is not going to prevent more of them. Spying on more people can’t help, particularly when the perpetrators are already known to authorities - as they were in Melbourne, in London, in Sydney.

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Greens Announce Digital Rights Commissioner

With more and more Australians conducting more and more of their education, business, finance and social lives online, the Australian Greens have announced a plan for an independent human rights commissioner for digital rights, to advocate for the online safety, accessibility, privacy and security of all Australians, Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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Strong digital encryption

NOTICE OF MOTION

22 February 2016

I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move that - 

The Senate -

1. Notes;

a. Strong digital encryption protects the personal and financial information of millions of people;

b. Encryption is an important tool to prevent identity theft and other crime;

c. Encryption ensures that public interest whistleblowers, journalists and other civil  society actors can conduct their activities more securely;

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Encryption keeps everyone safe: Greens

Encryption technology is used by millions of people every day to manage financial transactions, to protect against identity theft and to keep their medical and other personal information safe, and developers of the technology should not be bullied by governments into making those protections weaker, the Australian Greens said today.

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