must read What’s actually in Australia’s encryption laws? Everything you need to know All the big questions answered on Australia’s encryption laws answered. Read More The first of Labor’s dumped amendments when it waved through Australia’s encryption laws in December has succeeded, and will see the contentious definitions of systemic weaknesses and systemic vulnerability replaced. As the current stands, the definition for systemic vulnerability reads as: systemic vulnerability means a vulnerability that affects a whole class of technology, but does not include a vulnerability that is selectively introduced to one or more target technologies that are connected with a particular person. For this purpose, it is immaterial whether the person can be identified. The definition for systemic weakness is identical, once the word vulnerability is substituted by weakness. According to Labor’s amendment agreed to by the Senate on Thursday morning, the pair of systemic terms are used in a new Section 317ZG and will prohibit: The implementation or creation of decryption capabilities An action that would render authentication or encryption less effective An act or thing that could create a material risk to otherwise secure information or could be accessed, used, or compromised by a third party Other clauses in the amendment clarify that technical assistance requests, technical assistance notices, and technical capability notices cannot be used to access the information of people who are not the subject of, or communicating directly with those who are the subject of, an investigation to which the request or notice applies. The amendment… [Read full story]
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