I have today, written a letter to my local member, Luke Howarth MP
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I would like to make an appointment to chat with you in relation to the Federal Government’s plans on implementing legislation similar to the UK’s "Investigatory Powers Act” (AKA the ’snoopers charter’), as discussed recently by Malcolm Turnbull.
Long story short, this is a field that I work in extensively, and I am gravely concerned at the position the government is taking on this. Government interception of encryption was debated extensively in the 1990s with the whole world realising it was a fools errand and would do more harm than good. I feel that whole scale Government interdiction of any kind in encryption systems is a ridiculous proposition that will do more harm to global commerce and individuals than the benefits the government seeks to gain.
I am not alone in this position - it is widely held by those with credentials in these topics.
While I understand the need for police and intelligence agencies to intercept and decrypt communications of those who are using encryption to protect their trades in drugs, children or terrorism, the approaches being suggested by the Government are simply put not the right way to go about this.
I’d like a little bit of your time so that I can help you to understand the folly of the approaches being suggested, so that we can, as a populace, look at better ways to reach the objectives the government is driving towards without throwing the proverbial baby out with the bathwater...