Australian Government wants to set up a new law to force Apple, Facebook and WhatsApp like tech giants to provide access to encrypted messages. Some apps like WhatsApp use end-to-end encryption, and for that, the ordinary citizens’ messages cannot be intercepted by criminals or spies as they travel across the internet.
But Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is worried about the fact that encrypted messaging apps could be used by criminals and terrorists as they can communicate with these apps secretly this way. And that’s why under new legislation Australian Government proposed that messaging apps would be forced to hand over the contents of encrypted messages.
Prof Alan Woodward, computer scientist at Surrey University, said,”The trouble is trying to force companies to decrypt via legislation is the very reason end-to-end encryption was introduced – particularly by US-based firms post-Snowden – to give their global customer base confidence that no government could get them to do what the Australians now propose.”
But the conclusion lies in Mr. Turnbull saying, “The laws of mathematics are very commendable, but the only law that applies in Australia is the law of Australia.”
Source: BBC News