Australian government and George Brandis must learn from data retention mess with encryption

Posted in: Surveillance & Privacy at 16/06/2017 23:11

As Canberra turns its attention to the issue of accessing encrypted communications between potential terrorists, nobody's opposed to the principle that national security demands a technology strategy. On the other hand, we learnt valuable lessons from this government's 2014 data retention law, that should inform our approach to new laws.

First, we know that a law about technology, where the law itself is technologically incoherent, ends up as a de facto transfer of legislative power from the Parliament to executive government and the public service.

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