Save encryption in Australia

  Speak out to save encryption ​

Ordinary people need and use encryption every day, in everything from our messaging apps to our online banking.

But legislation proposed by the Australian government would attempt to force companies like Apple, WhatsApp, and Facebook to create ways to access encrypted communications and even push malware to their users to do so.

Tech experts across the world agree: this dangerous move would weaken the fundamental security that keeps us safe online. Now the government wants to hear what you think. Share your thoughts below and they’ll be added to the official government consultation.

Please be aware that your comments will be sent directly to the government consultation on the Access and Assistance bill, and keep this in mind when sharing personal information in your submission.

This campaign is hosted by OpenMedia. We will protect your privacy, and keep you informed about this campaign and others. Find OpenMedia's privacy policy here.

We strongly urge you to share your thoughts about encryption in your own words. Below are some talking points that you can paste into your letter, or use as inspiration for your own writing.

This bill would create more security risks than it would address.

It will harm the security of all users of the Internet, and would lead to an increase in government hacking.

The proposed measures, such as granting the government the freedom to undermine specific encrypted systems, effectively create a backdoor into end-to-end encryption despite assurances from government that this is not the case.

This bill gives too much power to the Australian government to access our communications, without the strong safeguards that this high risk proposal should require.

The risk to personal privacy is considerable. This bill would undermine trust in technologies that are created, or deployed, in Australia.

Undermining encryption technologies does not just weaken them for law enforcement, but for everyone – including malicious actors. We cannot make our most sensitive personal information vulnerable.

 

Want to know more? Here are some useful links:

What (we think) you should know about Australia’s new encryption bill: Access Now

The internet holds society together and the government is setting out to break it: Digital Rights Watch

 

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