Apple calls for stronger encryption in Australia

In a statement submitted to the Australian parliament, Apple criticised Australia’s proposed Access and Assistance Bill 2018, calling for stronger encryption. Apple wrote that it is concerned that future governments may use the overly broad powers of the bill to weaken cybersecurity and encryption. Apple also expressed concern that insufficient independent judicial oversight will reduce consumer trust and security. The draft bill also favors the government’s interpretation of the law’s terms and the technical facts, which may invite uncertainty, confusion, and potential abuse, the company stated. The bill will create unprecedented interception requirements for the Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO), and it contains secrecy mandates Apple considers to be unnecessarily stifling. The last concern raised was about the extraterritoriality and global impact of the law, as Apple pointed out that a provider may suffer civil liability caused by complying with the law.