Coalition wants law changed to allow decryption of terrorist communications


The Turnbull government is seeking changes to the law to allow intelligence agencies to decrypt communications of terrorist groups on the internet.

The attorney general, George Brandis, says existing laws do not go far enough in imposing obligations of cooperation on internet giants such as Facebook and Google, and on device makers such as Apple, to assist authorities who want to break the communications of terrorists using their systems.

“In the first instance, the best way to approach this is to solicit the cooperation of companies like Apple and Facebook and Google and so on,” Brandis told Sky News on Sunday.

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“And I think there’s been a change of the culture in the last year or more. There is a much greater conscious proactive willingness on the part of the companies to be cooperative.

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