A Message from Apple to the Australian Government: “This is No Time to Weaken Encryption”

Apple has filed its formal opposition to a new bill currently being proposed by the Australian government that critics say would weaken encryption. If it passes, the “Assistance and Access Bill 2018” would create a new type of warrant that would allow what governments often call “lawful access” to thwart encryption, something that the former Australian attorney general proposed last year.

The California company said in a filing provided to reporters on Friday that the proposal was flawed. “This is no time to weaken encryption,” the company wrote. “There is profound risk of making criminals’ jobs easier, not harder. Increasingly stronger—not weaker—encryption is the best way to protect against these threats.”

Why make things easy for criminals? You can read the details in an article by Cyrus Farivar in the Ars Technica web site at: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/10/apple-to-australia-this-is-no-time-to-weaken-encryption/.

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