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Apple opposes an Australian law that would force it to give encrypted data to the government

Filipe Castilhos, Stefano

Although sometimes that leads to controversy with government agencies, and proof of that is what is happening right now in Australia.

Apple opposes an Australian law that would force it to give encrypted data to the government
Apple opposes an Australian law that would force it to give encrypted data to the government

The government of that country has proposed a law that would force companies like Apple to give encrypted data of their users to agencies . This is precisely what Cupertino wants to avoid, so he has allied with other major technology companies (AlphabetGoogle, Facebook and Amazon) to try to prevent this law from being passed.

More specifically, under this law Australia could sentence companies that refuse to transfer encrypted data from their users to fines of about $7.2 million . Apple has already said, together with the other companies with which it has allied itself, that the law represents ” a huge risk for our digital security “.

In AppleApple you will have a website to accept requests for data from the police before the end of the year

The worst part of the news is that Australia may well be a guinea pig for other countries that are considering pushing similar laws. Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States are watching closely the evolution of this law in Australia, because if passed, it could set a precedent for all these economic powers to try to pass equivalent laws that even prohibit robust encryption of our data.

If so, defending the privacy of users would become much more complicated. We will have to be attentive to how the processing of this law evolves, if it is processed at all.

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