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Title

  • Motions Digital Encryption
  • Motions - Digital Encryption - Develop technology

Description

  • <p class="speaker">Scott Ludlam</p>
  • <p>I move:</p>
  • <p class="italic">That the Senate&#8212;</p>
  • The majority voted against a [motion](http://www.openaustralia.org.au/senate/?id=2016-02-23.126.1) introduced by Greens Senator [Scott Ludlam](https://theyvoteforyou.org.au/people/senate/wa/scott_ludlam). The motion called for further development of strong encryption technologies, while resisting the move to weaken encryption on personal devices.
  • ### Motion text
  • > *That the Senate—*
  • > *(a) notes that:*
  • >> *(i) strong digital [encryption](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Encryption) protects the personal and financial information of millions of people,*
  • >> *(ii) encryption is an important tool to prevent identity theft and other crime,*
  • >> *(iii) encryption ensures that public interest [whistleblowers](https://theyvoteforyou.org.au/policies/90), journalists and other civil society actors can conduct their activities more securely,*
  • >> *(iv) the Government, through services such as [Medicare](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medicare_(Australia)) and [Centrelink](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centrelink), and digital platforms such as [myGov](https://my.gov.au/mygov/content/html/about.html), depends on encryption to keep client information safe, and*
  • >> *(v) any decrease in public trust in digital systems and services will present an obstacle to the Government's agile innovation agenda; and*
  • > *(b) calls on the Government to:*
  • >> *(i) support the continued development and use of strong encryption technologies,*
  • >> *(ii) resist any push from other governments to weaken encryption on personal devices, and*
  • >> *(iii) work with law enforcement to develop alternative avenues to obtain information through [warrants](https://theyvoteforyou.org.au/policies/55) and targeted [surveillance](https://theyvoteforyou.org.au/policies/44) that does not put every Australian at greater risk of identity theft.*
  • <p class="italic">(a)&#160;&#160;&#160;notes that:</p>
  • <p class="italic">(i)&#160;&#160;&#160;strong digital encryption protects the personal and financial information of millions of people,</p>
  • <p class="italic">(ii)&#160;&#160;&#160;encryption is an important tool to prevent identity theft and other crime,</p>
  • <p class="italic">(iii)&#160;&#160;&#160;encryption ensures that public interest whistleblowers, journalists and other civil society actors can conduct their activities more securely,</p>
  • <p class="italic">(iv)&#160;&#160;&#160;the Government, through services such as Medicare and Centrelink, and digital platforms such as myGov, depends on encryption to keep client information safe, and</p>
  • <p class="italic">(v)&#160;&#160;&#160;any decrease in public trust in digital systems and services will present an obstacle to the Government's agile innovation agenda; and</p>
  • <p class="italic">(b)&#160;&#160;&#160;calls on the Government to:</p>
  • <p class="italic">(i)&#160;&#160;&#160;support the continued development and use of strong encryption technologies,</p>
  • <p class="italic">(ii)&#160;&#160;&#160;resist any push from other governments to weaken encryption on personal devices, and</p>
  • <p class="italic">(iii)&#160;&#160;&#160;work with law enforcement to develop alternative avenues to obtain information through warrants and targeted surveillance that does not put every Australian at greater risk of identity theft.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Stephen Parry</p>
  • <p>The question is that notice of motion No. 1032, moved by Senator Ludlam, be agreed to.</p>
  • <p></p>