"We cannot allow the internet to be used as a place for terrorists and child molesters and people who peddle child pornography, and drug traffickers to hide in the dark. The laws of mathematics are very commendable but the only laws that apply in Australia is the law of Australia."
"One way is that at the point of message encryption the message is not just encrypted for the recipient’s key but also with a key belonging to the technology company that makes the app. Then the technology company would be able to decrypt the message, store it and then later provide this to law enforcement agencies. This amounts to what most people would call a 'backdoor' – that is a method introduced, usually by the manufacturer, that allows someone to bypass a security system."Attorney General George Brandis, who told ABC News that those in the Australian government "don’t propose to require ‘backdoors,’" said he spoke to a cryptographer at GCHQ, the United Kingdom's spy agency. That individual told Brandis "that this was feasible" to break end-to-end encryption. Technology companies aren't impressed. Here's what a spokesperson for Facebook had to say about the laws:
"Weakening encrypted systems for [law enforcement] would mean weakening it for everyone. We appreciate the important work law enforcement does and we understand their need to carry out investigations. That's why we already have a protocol in place to respond to requests where we can."As of this writing, it's expected the proposed laws will come before Parliament by the end of the year.