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Asia Pacific Dashboard Digest | Apple criticizes Australia's anti-encryption bill Related reading: Notes from the iappANZ, 16 Nov. 2018

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Apple has sent a seven-page letter to the Australian Parliament criticizing the country's anti-encryption bill, TechCrunch reports. The draft law, titled the Access and Assistance Bill, would require tech companies with locations in Australia to provide electronic information to aid in law enforcement investigations. Apple has joined Facebook and Google, as well as other countries, in voicing its concerns with the draft bill. “While we are pleased that some of the suggestions incorporated improve the legislation, the unfortunate fact is that the draft legislation remains dangerously ambiguous with respect to encryption and security. ... This is no time to weaken encryption,” the letter states. “Rather than serving the interests of Australian law enforcement, it will just weaken the security and privacy of regular customers while pushing criminals further off the grid.”
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