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Asia Pacific Dashboard Digest | Voices join opposition against Australia's encryption bill Related reading: The Privacy Advisor's top 10 news stories of 2018

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The Australian Human Rights Commission has expressed concern over the government’s proposed Assistance and Access Bill 2018, raising fears that it could lead to people losing the privilege against self-incrimination, the Guardian reports. The AHRC joined the Office of Australian Information Commissioner and many others to call for better privacy safeguards and has issued a recommendation that key terms be clarified. Tech industry giants, including Facebook, Apple, Alphabet and Amazon, also oppose the legislation, arguing it would serve to weaken their products and make users vulnerable to cyberattacks. If passed, security agencies would be able to request a company aid in decryption and allow the attorney general to issue a “technical capability notice,” requiring companies to build a new capability to help interception and decryption.
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