New Australian law proposed to force companies to decrypt messages

Australia has proposed a new cybersecurity law that will force technology firms to decrypt customer messages to aid police investigations.

AP reported that Facebook has warned the weakening of end-to-end encryption would make communications systems vulnerable to hackers.

Facebook’s warnings echo those from Apple, which was asked by the FBI to create a special version of iOS for them to crack the phone code of a man involved in a mass shooting.

Apple declined to help, arguing it would compromise the security of all iPhones. The FBI resorted to using tools developed by Israeli security firm Cellebrite, which was hacked and its cracking tools posted online.

The bill would enforce the obligation telephone companies have to help law enforcement agencies on tech companies.

Warrants would be required to access the communications and courts may order tech companies to unlock communications.

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