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Australian bill spells trouble for data privacy around the world

ech companies, start-ups and digital consumer rights groups has locked horns with the Australian government over its proposed anti-data encryption law, currently under review by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS).

Now, concerns are rising over just how far world governments, including the United States, will go to compromise citizen’s liberties for the sake of national security.

Full article: Australian bill spells trouble for data privacy around the world | TheHill

Signal’s “Sealed Sender” Is a Clever New Way to Shield Your Identity | WIRED

Signal is the leading encrypted messaging app with effort to minimize the amount of data or metadata each message leaves behind. Now, it hopes to encrypt even information about which users are messaging each other on the platform. Signal is testing this “sealed sender” feature in its beta release.

Source: Signal’s “Sealed Sender” Is a Clever New Way to Shield Your Identity | WIRED

Cisco contradicts Dutton’s claim breaking digital encryption won’t create ‘back doors’

The telecommunications provider Cisco has contradicted Peter Dutton’s claims the government’s new bill to compel tech companies to break digital encryption will not result in “back doors” in their products.

At a committee hearing in Canberra on Friday, witnesses from Cisco, Optus and Telstra called for a better definition of the bill’s main safeguard that tech companies cannot be asked to build “systemic” weaknesses into their products.

Full article: Cisco contradicts Dutton’s claim breaking digital encryption won’t create ‘back doors’ | World news | The Guardian

German Lawyer Sanctioned Due to Incomplete GDPR Policy

An interim injunction has been issued by Würzburg Regional Court against a lawyer who displayed an unfinished Privacy Policy on her firm’s website which also included an unencrypted and unprotected contact form. Reaction to the ruling has been mixed as the sanction due to the unfinished GDPR policy was understandable but ruling regarding the unencrypted form was more confusing as this does not affect the transfer of information.

Source: German Lawyer Sanctioned Due to Incomplete GDPR Policy – Compliance Junction

Google and Facebook join rights groups to fight Australia’s encryption bill

Google and Facebook have joined civil and digital rights groups in an unusual alliance aimed at defeating Australia’s planned encryption laws. The bill gives law enforcement new powers to conduct covert surveillance on electronic devices and compel technology companies to assist in decrypting private communications.

Source: Google and Facebook join rights groups to fight Australia’s encryption bill | Technology | The Guardian

Worries arise about security of new WebAuthn protocol

A team of security researchers has raised the alarm about some cryptography-related issues with the newly released WebAuthn passwordless authentication protocol.

WebAuthn was officially launched earlier this year, in April. It’s a standard developed under the patronage of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the official body for all web standards. Cryptography experts point out that new WebAuthn protocol recommends or requires the implementation of old and weak algorithms known to be vulnerable to attacks for years.

Source: Worries arise about security of new WebAuthn protocol | ZDNet

Russia May Unban Telegram…if it Shares Encryption Keys with the FSB

Russia’s telecom watchdog said that it may reverese the ban on Telegram if the company shares its encryption keys with federal law enforcement. Nevertheless, Telegram has not given any indication that it will update its stance in response to the Supreme Court ruling or RKN’s offer.

Source: Russia May Unban Telegram…if it Shares Encryption Keys with the FSB

Tech industry told ‘privacy is not absolute’ and end-to-end encryption ‘should be rare’

An international network of intelligence agencies, so-called Five Eyes nations – the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, in a joint communiqué and statement of principles has told the tech industry that ‘privacy is not an absolute’ and that the use of end-to-end encryption ‘should be rare’.

The statement on privacy contains a veiled threat to tech companies that they may face legislation if they don’t take steps to ensure that they can allow access to ‘appropriate government authorities.’

Source: Tech industry told ‘privacy is not absolute’ and end-to-end encryption ‘should be rare’ | 9to5Mac

U.S. government seeks Facebook help to wiretap Messenger

The U.S. government is trying to force Facebook to break the encryption in its popular Messenger app so law enforcement may listen to a suspect’s voice conversations in a criminal probe, three people briefed on the case said, resurrecting the issue of whether companies can be compelled to alter their products to enable surveillance.

Source: Exclusive: U.S. government seeks Facebook help to wiretap Messenger – sources | Reuters

Australian Law Draft Requires Companies to share Encryption Data

The Australian government has proposed a new law that would force tech companies that have encrypted data relevant to an investigation to hand over the information they have stored when requested by law enforcement. Companies that don’t comply could face fines up to $7.3 million and people involved in not complying could face jail time.

Source: Proposed Australian Law Threatens Apple and Facebook’s Privacy Policies | Fortune

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