Australian bill to create back door into encrypted apps in 'advanced stages'

The Australian government is pushing ahead with controversial legislation it says will create “back doors” into encrypted communication services – but still can’t say when it will introduce the bill.

After originally aiming to have the legislation before parliament in the first quarter of this year, the government has delayed its introduction. A spokesman for the acting attorney general, Marise Payne, would only say it was in “the advanced stages of development”.

“The government is continuing to consult with key stakeholders,” the spokesman said in a statement.

Uh-huh … not my crypto and, once again, I haven’t heard a peep out of them.

Who wants to bet they’re just cribbing it from various parts of the UK legislation, except with actually zero safeguards and no means of enforcing it against companies anyway, let along against FOSS cryptographic software?

What … no takers? Funny that …

*cough*bullshit*cough* …