The effect of Australia's new encryption law

asked 2018-12-13 15:07:03 +0200

Nrde gravatar image

I understand it's far fetched, but there's Sailors working from Australia (right?) and this just happened: https://thenextweb.com/politics/2018/12/10/australias-horrific-new-encryption-law-likely-to-obliterate-its-tech-scene/

If I travel to Australia, is it possible they can crack my encrypted sailfish SD card?

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Heh, that's not the thing to worry really. Currently US is the place where one cannot travel to and try not to hand over your laptop/tablet/phone and all your passwords. (if you dont, the device will be taken from you)

The australian law only affects people working for australian-based companies; if you are in that position you might be asked to add backdoors to services you create.

juiceme ( 2018-12-13 21:46:47 +0200 )edit

Ok, so it does not effect Jolla employees.

That was my worry actually. Our aussie sailor forced to put backdoors to the OS Russians are going to use in their government devices.

This was kind of tongue in cheek, but still, stranger things have happened.

Nrde ( 2018-12-13 23:43:51 +0200 )edit

The australian law only affects people working for australian-based companies;

No it doesnt, the brisbane guys could get served a notice to alter sailfish under specific circumstances

r0kk3rz ( 2018-12-14 00:16:57 +0200 )edit

@r0kk3rz that is fairly unlikely as Jolla has no development being done in Australia.

juiceme ( 2018-12-14 09:49:00 +0200 )edit
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I agree its unlikely, but mostly due to how Sailfish OS works. It would be fairly hard for Jolla to target a single device for surveillance.

But they do have a team of developers working for them in Brisbane, Queensland, so i'm not sure what you mean by 'no development being done in Australia'

I have commit access to a bunch of Mer repos, its possible I could get a notice requiring me to do certain things for the government

r0kk3rz ( 2018-12-14 10:53:30 +0200 )edit