Apple meeting with Australian government to discuss proposed encryption ‘back doors’

“Attorney-General George Brandis will meet with global tech-giant Apple this week in an attempt gain an agreement to allow police and intelligence agencies access to encrypted information from suspected terrorists and criminals,” AAP reports.

“Brandis says the government will be seeking voluntary cooperation as a first preference,” AAP reports.”‘But we will also be legislating so that we do have that coercive power if need be if we don’t get the cooperation we seek,’ he told Sky News On Sunday. ‘We will be pursuing both of these avenues.'”

Full article here.

“The Australian bill that would allow courts to order tech companies to quickly unlock communications will be introduced to Parliament by November, officials said. Under the law, internet companies would have the same obligations telephone companies do to help law enforcement agencies, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said,” AP reports. “The government expected resistance from some tech companies, many of them based in the United States. But the companies ‘know morally they should” cooperate,’ Turnbull said. ‘There is a culture, particularly in the United States, a very libertarian culture, which is quite anti-government in the tech sector,’ Turnbull said.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: These people who willingly subjugate themselves to government, regardless of how beneficent or harmless or whateverthefuck they perceive their government to be, are utterly ignorant of history.

Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. — Lord Acton

Again, encryption is binary; it’s either on or off. You cannot have both. You either have privacy via full encryption or you don’t by forcing back doors upon Apple or anybody else. It’s all or nothing. — MacDailyNews, March 8, 2017

Good luck convincing or compelling Apple to install back doors, Turnbull and Brandis, you contemptible, tech illiterate fools.

We’d bet Australia will go without iPhones before Apple destroys the iOS platform by building in back doors.

There have been people that suggest that we should have a back door. But the reality is if you put a back door in, that back door’s for everybody, for good guys and bad guys. — Apple CEO Tim Cook

Strong encryption without back doors or U.S. companies’ tech products will be eschewed around the world.MacDailyNews, January 15, 2016

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. – Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759

What WikiLeaks’ CIA data dump tells us: Encryption works – March 11, 2017
WikiLeaks reveals CIA’s global covert hacking program targeting Apple iPhone, Google Android, Microsoft Windows and even Samsung TVs – March 7, 2017
Proving Apple’s assertion that there are no good backdoors, hacker dumps iOS cracking tools allegedly stolen from Cellebrite – February 2, 2017
A hacker just proved that Apple was right to worry about creating a backdoor to the iPhone – January 13, 2017
Apple CEO Tim Cook touts encryption at Senator Orrin Hatch’s Utah Tech Tour – October 3, 2016
Feckless FBI unable to unlock iPhone, even with a ‘fingerprint unlock warrant’ – May 12, 2016
FBI’s Comey says agency paid more than $1 million to access San Bernadino iPhone – April 21, 2016
Nothing significant found on San Bernardino’s terrorist’s iPhone – April 14, 2016
FBI director confirms hack only works on older iPhones that lack Apple’s Secure Enclave – April 7, 2016
Apple responds to FBI: ‘This case should have never been brought’ – March 29, 2016
Apple CEO Cook: ‘You can’t have a back door that’s only for the good guys’ – November 21, 2015


  1. In the United States, the burden of proof is on the state, not a computer company. If a district attorney cannot ascertain evidence through an encrypted device: tough shit.

    1. Australia seems to be headed the same way as a vocal element in the United States which continues to advocate encryption backdoors and broad access to information stored on mobile devices.

      Given Australia’s legendary nature of personal independence, this surprises me, just as I was surprised to hear similar arguments in the U.S.

      When a government feels the need to be coercive when it fails to gain cooperation, then citizens need to be highly vigilant and get engaged. Either convince your political representatives that the people truly believe differently, or kick idiots out of office and elect some reasonable people.

      I don’t like the way that this is going. It feels to me that we are regressing socially in some areas. I would rather be free and in some danger than shackled to 24/7 surveillance and loss of privacy for my own safety.

  2. If faceless government enforcers want unmitigated access to any and all electronic devices without outside oversight they should absolutely get it. Smh

  3. I write this most times I see this argument. It is not a question of “National Security vs. Personal Privacy”. It is National Security vs. Personal Security”. A back door not only compromises personal privacy’. It also compromises personal security and safety. Bank Accounts, identity theft, locks to your home, etc.

    The argument that if you don’t have anything to hide, why would you care, doesn’t hold up if you consider that Your whole financial security and safety will also be compromised.

    1. Backdoors compromise national security, too. Everyone uses the compromised products, including many government officials, in which case those irresponsible backdoors can hurt the very government that mandated them.

  4. “Attorney-General George Brandis will meet with global tech-giant Apple this week in an attempt gain an agreement to allow police and intelligence agencies access to encrypted information from suspected terrorists and criminals,”

    What for, they can’t even bring the terrorists responsible for torture and the Iraqi war to justice, and it’s certainly not for lack of information.

    Anustralia, still making their allies look good.

    1. LOL! Poor little roadie – always throws petty insults towards Australia when a story about the country comes up, but uses one of the country’s biggest film titles as his username!! Go figure!?! LOL!

      1. That’s a feeble attempt at an insult, as the definition of Road Warrior that I use is this: a person who travels, often as part of their job, and does work at the same time.

        Now about the point you made about the issue at hand, the proposed back door encryption. Oh wait, you did not make any.

  5. Telecom company know that they are required to do this, but aren’t required to open up phone lines when a person isn’t on the phone to bug them and listen in. Requiring such a back door is more akin to recording over that closed line and providing a transcript. It is an unrealistic request on their part, and an unexpected and inappropriate invasion of our privacy.

  6. Turnbull: “We’ve got a real problem in that….” we can no longer see what our population is up to, due to this encryption thingy and that scares us shitless. So we flash the crime-, pedo- and terrorist cards as leverage to get it mitigated.

  7. English speaking nations Australia, GB, NZ, US, and Canada belong to a spy consortium such that if at least one is allowed to spy on its citizens, then that nation can share that data with the others WHO ARE NOT ALLOWED to spy on their citizens and it’s all legal. So this is the danger of Australia getting away with the back door.

  8. Mandating breakable encryption is akin to forcing a person to write only in a language the government understands. In a democracy (a government of the people, with protected free speech and freedom of the press) a government simply can’t do that.

  9. NO. Just NO.

    Deal with it, techTard Aussie govTards.

    NO. The reasons why are plentiful and have been published online ad nauseam. We all know damned well backdoors would:

    A) Be found and abused by hackers QED.
    B) Would be abused for the purpose of government totalitarianism.

    I.E. DUH!

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