The Government Wants To Read Your Private WhatsApp Messages
The government may soon be spying on your all of your private messages if new security laws dealing with encrypted communications pass in parliament this week.
At the moment messaging apps including WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger are unable to be accessed by anyone other than the people involved directly in the conversation.
But now the Australian government wants these carriers to include a new function to give police access to citizen's data to help prevent terrorism and take on organised crime rings.
Under the proposed new powers, companies would be forced to install software or a modifying service on a suspects' device or risk a fine if they don't.
Shadow Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus said:
'The changes include limiting the application of the powers in this bill to only serious offences,'
'There are likely to be significant outstanding issues, but this compromise will deliver security and enforcement agencies the powers they say they need over the Christmas period, and ensure adequate oversight and safeguards.'
Energy Minister Angus Taylor has accused Labor of 'running a protection racket for terrorists' by refusing to rush through the laws.