Assistance and Access Bill 2018


(Alex Jago) #1

https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/about/consultations/assistance-and-access-bill-2018

tl;dr:

  • Everyone is using encryption now
  • The cops aren’t very happy about this

From my reading, this looks like it’s creating a mechanism for the various police forces (including the state ICACs/CCCs, which is nice) to instruct telecommunications providers and corporations making/selling “data processing devices” (that part is poorly-defined) to assist the cops. It also has a mechanism whereby the cops can merely ‘request’ assistance and provides legal immunity for voluntarily complying with such a request.

I think it’s meant to be a generalised successor to whatever the wiretap legislation used to be.

There’s a “limitations” part, and it has a few instructive items

  • that the cops can’t require the introduction of a systemic weakness, or prevent the rectification of a systemic weakness (and they’re specifically thinking about decryption backdoors here)
  • things that need a warrant under existing legislation will continue to need a warrant

So this isn’t “OMG everything is now to be backdoored for everyone”, it’s more “yes, if you’re the suspect of an investigation we legally can and will hack your devices”.


(Paul Templeton) #2

it’s a bit more than you say. It will hoover up everyone -

the person provides an electronic
service that has one or more
end users in Australia

And if you didn’t know the authorities have the mandate to disrupt groups that it doesn’t like, so it could easily use this bill for those proposes.

As a Tor Exit Operator they could come to me, I can’t tell anyone and probably won’t have the funds to fight any request in court. Yes there are protections but like all protections you will have to take it to court to get a ruling.

I say this is very bad.


(Alex Jago) #3

(miles_w) #4

Watch out calculator companies!


(Joe Fury) #5

Maybe a Press Releas highlighting the PPA concernes that the bill has not enough safe guards and would be open for abuse. We could call on the Greens and Labour to take a stand against