Electronic Frontiers Australia welcomes the recent acknowledgement by Angus Taylor during Privacy Awareness Week that strong encryption is vital for safeguarding the privacy and security of all Australians.
"Let me be clear about this, we support strong encryption for the security of information and the protection of privacy. We firmly believe that cybersecurity will be enhanced by encryption—it is a good thing," Taylor said, according to ZDNet.
While some other members of the Turnbull government have—at times—appeared to oppose the right of Australians to protect their private information with strong encryption, EFA is encouraged by Taylor’s pragmatic stance.
Strong encryption is a vital part of the modern world, and citizens depend on it to protect their finances, their private communications, and their interactions with governments at all levels. Undermining strong encryption would place citizens at risk of having their private information compromised by cyber-criminals, foreign spies, and other malicious actors.
EFA appreciates Mr Taylor taking a strong stance in supporting all Australians in keeping themselves safe by protecting the privacy and security of their information with strong encryption.