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Dutton pushes against encryption yet again but oversight at home is slow

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“We, the undersigned, support strong encryption, which plays a crucial role in protecting personal data, privacy, intellectual property, trade secrets and cybersecurity,” wrote a bunch of nations on the weekend — the Five Eyes, India, and Japan.

As a statement of intent, it’s right up there with “Your privacy is very important to us”, “Of course I love you”, and “I’m not a racist but…”.

At one level, there’s not a lot new in this latest International statement: End-to-end encryption and public safety.

We like encryption, it says, but you can’t have it because bad people can use it too.

“Encryption is an existential anchor of trust in the digital world and we do not support counter-productive and dangerous approaches that would materially weaken or limit security systems,” the statement said.

“Particular implementations of encryption technology, however, pose significant challenges to public safety, including to highly vulnerable members

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