Encryption is used as a security tool for personal banking platforms, messaging services and healthcare providers. As technology grows more sophisticated, so does encryption, and law enforcement worldwide has become frustrated with their inability to access data due to encryption. Over the last few years a range of efforts have been undertaken to expand government access to encrypted data. Australia has been leading the charge to establish frameworks that would allow law enforcement agencies to get around data encryption. Recently the government announced new legislation called “The Assistance and Access Bill 2018”, which would force tech companies to cooperate with government agencies seeking access to encrypted data. The Australian government has said that the legislation wont weaken encryption. However, experts have pointed out that it would undermine the security of encryption. A vulnerability created for law enforcement is a vulnerability that criminal hackers will discover and exploit, leaving the encryption forever compromised. The Department of Home Affairs has ignored the over 15,000 citizen complaints on the draft of the anti-encryption bill. If Australia gets this bill passed, it is likely to see similar legislation across Europe, the UK and the United States. Unfortunately, Australia might become a model for governments worldwide seeking greater surveillance power regardless of the cyber security costs.
I wanted to finish something up before returning to work tomorrow, but I woke up feeling like shit so please take this sketch of my Cyberpunk 2020 character, Love Deluxe, whose name I have borrowed from Arkai. Killer pose from an oldschool Versace ad again.