INDUSTRY WELCOMES PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO ENCRYPTION LEGISLATION

Sydney, 4 December 2019: Communications Alliance has welcomed the proposed amendments to the TOLA (Assistance and Access) Act 2018, introduced to the Senate today by Senator Kristina Kenneally.

The proposed amendments will bring a degree of judicial oversight to the issuing of technical assistance notices and technical capability notices by Government agencies to communications providers – something that industry and civil society have been pressing for since the original laws were rushed through Parliament in December 2018.

Communications Alliance also welcomed the legislative proposal to make less open-ended the actions that can be requested of service providers

“Installing improved oversight provisions into the legislation will not fix all its problems, but hopefully will begin to instil greater confidence, at home and abroad, in the security of Australian networks and systems – a step that can only help the domestic IT industry and its export prospects“, said Communications Alliance CEO, John Stanton.

“We hope that the separate review of the legislation underway by the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor (INSLM) will generate further improvements to the legislation.”

ABOUT COMMUNICATIONS ALLIANCE
Communications Alliance is the primary telecommunications industry body  in Australia. Its membership is drawn from a wide cross-section of the  communications industry, including carriers, carriage and internet  service providers, content providers, search engines, equipment vendors, IT companies, consultants and business groups.

Its vision is to  provide a unified voice for the telecommunications industry and to lead  it into the next generation of converging networks, technologies and  services. The prime mission of Communications Alliance is to promote the growth of the Australian communications industry and the protection of  consumer interests by fostering the highest standards of business ethics and behaviour through industry self-governance. For more details about  Communications Alliance, see www.commsalliance.com.au.

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