Overseas provider uses local laws to push back against Australian encryption laws

New South Wales Police Force (NSWPF) have used Australia’s controversial Assistance and Access laws on a foreign operator, in an effort to “determine its capability to assist police”. Responding to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security and its review of the amendments made to the encryption laws, NSW Police said issuing a Technical Assistance Request (TAR) to the overseas provider could not have happened without the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Act (TOLA Act), since the provider would have previously informed its account holders of the request.

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