Australia’s Anti-Encryption Law Still Allows for Backdoors, Expert Says
In a blog post last week, University of Melbourne’s Dr. Chris Culnane said that Australia’s Assistance and Access Bill will not really prevent the creation of ‘backdoors’.
Culnane, who is a lecturer at the university’s School of Computing and Information Systems, said that the bill will merely create an alternative entry point into a protocol or target system. He added that the bill contains a description of what sounds like a backdoor, albeit a ‘keyed’ backdoor.
The bill will still have to undergo public consultation before being tabled in parliament. However, it is said that the government is expediting work on the proposed law since it is likely to be a part of the Five Eyes’ stance on encryption.