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IBM has spoken out against Australia’s controversial ‘anti-encryption’ laws, claiming they undermine previous work to strengthen the country’s defenses. The vendor giant has urged the federal government to review the Telecommunications (Assistance and Access) Act 2018, which passed last year and effectively compels technology companies to build ‘backdoors’ into their encrypted data. What is your opinion on these anti-encryption laws? Learn more:

In a submission to the government’s 2020 cyber security strategy consultation, IBM said the laws “undermined” previous work by the government to create a “regulatory environment that promotes strong cyber security without constraining innovation or digital commerce.”

It added that without review, the law has  “potentially damaging” consequences for cyber security in Australia.

“Strong and ubiquitous encryption is essential for now and into the future,” the vendor’s submission argued.