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Asia Pacific Dashboard Digest | Microsoft's Brad Smith warns Australian encryption laws bad for business Related reading: Notes from the Asia-Pacific region, 21 June 2019

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Microsoft President Brad Smith voiced concern over Australia’s vague encryption laws and noted a growing unease among businesses to store customer data in the country, ABC News reports. Smith said companies and governments are looking to build data centers in other countries as a measure to safeguard against the country’s laws that give intelligence agencies greater access to encrypted messages. He added it was in the country’s best interest for the government to ease concerns about its implementation or amend the law. In response, the Australian Signals Directorate Director-General Mike Burgess said, "The claims the legislation will drive tech companies offshore are similarly flawed."
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