Post by Heather
Our leaders are working very hard to make us as much like the USA as
they possibly can.
They're not above taking the worst ideas from other countries either:
Australia plans law to force tech giants to decrypt messages
The Australian government has proposed a new cybersecurity law to force global
technology companies such as Facebook and Google to help police by unscrambling
encrypted messages sent by suspected extremists and other criminals. Prime
Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Friday the law would be modeled on Britain's
Investigatory Powers Act, which was passed by the British Parliament in November
and gave intelligence agencies some of the most extensive surveillance powers in
the western world.
Because Austalian politicians know better than the experts:
Prime Minister of Australia: The laws of mathematics don't apply in Australia!
The laws of Australia prevail in Australia, I can assure you of that," he said
on Friday. "The laws of mathematics are very commendable, but the only law that
applies in Australia is the law of Australia."
Irony? Hypocrisy? You decide.
[Facebook owns WhatsApp, which is used by the Australian PM and cabinet]
The Australian Signals Directorate has said it has no concerns about the
Turnbull government's avid use of WhatsApp for normal communication, but Labor
is questioning whether it has been used for the transmission of sensitive and
Earlier on Monday, the Prime Minister's department has confirmed his smartphone
app of choice, WhatsApp, is not on the Australian Signals Directorate's approved
list for sensitive and classified communication. But the Prime Minister's cyber
security adviser Alastair MacGibbon consulted ASD and said they had advised
there was no problem for it to be used by parliamentarians for everyday