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cynthia wong @cynthiamw
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Australia rushed through an anti-#crypto bill last week. @HRW just released a game that shows what might happen if authorities use the law to gut key security features in the phones & apps we use every day: hrw.org/news/2018/12/1… #EverydayEncryption #AAbill
Do you shop online or message with friends on WhatsApp or iMessage? Ever shared an intimate photo with your partner? Organized a protest? #Encryption protects that data from malicious hackers & govt snoops #EverydayEncryption
Choose your own adventure: See if you can safely guide a character Fei as she makes choices about her data, and find out how #EverydayEncryption might protect you: hrw.org/everyday-encry…
More on how govts might undermine your security: Govts argue that #encryption is causing them to "go dark" in stopping crime bc they can't read our encrypted data, messages anymore. hrw.org/news/2015/07/0…
The #FiveEyes (US, UK, Australia, NZ, Canada) want tech firms to build "back doors" into our phones & apps so they can access our encrypted data, even though firms like @Apple & @WhatsApp can't themselves see our data (= good for privacy, security) nytimes.com/2018/09/04/us/…
Australia's new anti-#crypto law #AAbill is modeled on UK's #InvestigatoryPowersAct which could require your messaging app to secretly add the govt to a group chat or force @Apple to send you a fake software update to get into your iPhone hrw.org/news/2016/02/1… #snooperscharter
Here's the problem: cybersecurity experts say you can't build a "back door" that can only be used by good guys with a court order. A back door = a security vulnerability that cybercriminals & malicious hackers will try to find so they can steal our data for profit or espionage
Companies like Apple & Facebook are also global, so if Australia, UK demand a back door, once it is built, other countries will demand the same, including those w/o #HumanRights protections & independent courts. #aabill #InvestigatoryPowersAct #snooperscharter
This isn't theoretical: Russia blocked @telegram because the firm refused to give into encryption back door demands. China's cybersecurity law also could be used to demand back doors. See hrw.org/news/2018/04/3… and hrw.org/news/2016/11/0…
So in trying to protect citizens, govts may actually be broadly undermining our security if they demand encryption back doors. Even former #FiveEyes intel officials agree: washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-n…
This inconvenient truth is something the public deserves to understand as their government debates whether they should be able to force tech companies to undermine the security of our phones and apps #EverydayEncryption
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