A group of global technology giants behind the Reform Government Surveillance coalition voiced opposition to Australia’s Assistance and Access Bill, which passed last week, The Australian Financial Review reports. Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and others called the new anti-encryption law “deeply flawed, overly broad, and lacking in adequate independent oversight over the new authorities.” The group called on the government to “promptly address these flaws when it reconvenes.” In a previous submission to the Parliamentary joint committee, Apple had said, “In the face of these threats, this is no time to weaken encryption. There is profound risk of making criminals' jobs easier, not harder. Increasingly stronger — not weaker — encryption is the best way to protect against these threats.”
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