In the final months of 2018, the Australian government passed an extraordinarily controversial law that allows them to mandate large tech companies to hard code back doors into their products for bypassing the encryption that they use to protect users. While this may seem like an unfortunate situation for Australian citizens, the effects of this vaguely defined and broadly targeted law will have repercussions for users of technology all over the world.
If Apple has to create a back door in iOS so that the Australian government can access seized devices at will, then that likely means that same vulnerability will exist in the products that find themselves in the hands of American consumers, opening them up to compromise by crafty cyber criminals or even our own government. It's a significant blow to privacy, not only in Australia, but worldwide.
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