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Why Australia’s new encryption laws may actually help criminals

7 December 2018

Why Australia’s new encryption laws may actually help criminals

WhatsApp uses end-to-end encryption to keep messages secure

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Why does Australia want to let law enforcement access encrypted messages?
On Thursday, that will force tech companies to help police and security agencies access encrypted communications. Australian police say that of messages they intercept now use some form of encryption. They claim that this affects their ability to investigate terrorists and organised crime groups.

What exactly are encrypted messages?
Messaging services like Apple’s iMessage and WhatsApp use to ensure that only …

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