Apple asks Australian government not to demand weaker encryption for the iPhone

Apple asks Australian government not to demand weaker encryption for the iPhone
Back in August, the Australian government proposed a bill named the "Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018." The proposed legislation would update the country's telecommunication laws and require firms in the private sector to "provide greater assistance to agencies." That could require a company like Apple to build a backdoor into the iPhone. One of the problems with the bill is that the wording isn't specific enough. Does "greater assistance" mean doing anything that the government asks a private sector firm to do?

Apple has responded with a seven page submission to the Australian Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security. In the document, Apple requests that the wording be made clearer in order to understand what the intention of the bill is. The company also points out that the rising number of sophisticated criminal threats is exactly why it supports strong encryption.


Apple says that it has helped Australian law enforcement by handling 26,000 requests for data over the last five years. As a result, the company doesn't agree that weaker encryption is needed to help the police in Australia, and is expanding its training program for law enforcement in the country. Apple says that the proposed bill will weaken encryption and could compel manufacturers to "build systemic weaknesses into their products" due to the "breadth and vagueness of the bill's authorities" and "ill-defined restrictions."

source: AppleInsider

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9 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31614; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Fight this back door thing to the end Apple.

9. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1588; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I hope Apple fights this, if they let Australia in, EVERYONE will get in.

2. Shazam777

Posts: 42; Member since: Aug 08, 2018

Why do you need encryption unless you have something to hide? Personally, I flash my porn collections to people on the metro every day!

3. DolmioMan

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

Because everyone has the right to privacy, the fact the Australian government wants Apple to weaken the encryption shows clear intent to violate that right.

4. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It's just you with your personal opinion. Average people aren't like that.

7. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

You know what they said. You don’t realize what you have you loose it. And will loose forever.

5. mixedfish

Posts: 1567; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Aus government should start with demanding no kill switches on iPhones like error 53.

6. mixedfish

Posts: 1567; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Aus government should start with demanding no kill switches on iPhones like error 53.

8. jacky899

Posts: 431; Member since: May 16, 2017

Givernments around the world being inspired by the NSA

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