Telstra and Optus call for clarity in anti-encryption laws


Australia’s two largest telcos, Telstra and Optus, have called for the government to create an efficient consultation process every time it asks for assistance under the nation’s proposed new anti-encryption laws.

Taken together, the two submissions represent a call for far more clarity in the Assistance and Access Bill 2018, which is currently being rushed through Parliament.

The Bill proposes three ways for the government to request or demand assistance in accessing communications from any “designated communications provider”. These can be virtually any kind of individual or organisation or individual that manufactures, provides, or maintains any kind of communications equipment or services, or even an “information service”.

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Source: ZDNet