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What Do You Need to Know About the Encryption Killing Legislation?

There are now three ways an Australian government agency can gain access to encrypted information:

1. ask you to voluntarily help them
2. demand your help
3. force you build new functions in your systems to help them

As a company, if you don’t comply you could be hit with a fine of up to almost $10 million Austrailian dollars.

You do have a defense though – if the requests will undermine your encryption systems, making them inherently less secure you do not have to comply.

 Wendy Mansell also contributed to this article 

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About this Author

Cameron Abbott, Technology, Attorney, Australia, corporate, KL Gates Law Firm

Mr. Abbott is a corporate lawyer who focuses on technology, telecommunications and broadcasting transactions. He assists corporations and vendors in managing their technology requirements and contracts, particularly large outsourcing and technology procurements issues including licensing terms for SAP and Oracle and major system integration transactions.

Mr. Abbott partners with his clients to ensure market leading solutions are implemented in to their businesses. He concentrates on managing and negotiating complex technology solutions, which...