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Encryption bill compromise a step forward

"Ai Group welcomes the fact that the Federal Government and the Opposition have reached a compromise on the encryption bill," Ai Group Chief Executive, Innes Willox said today.

"The limitations on what alleged criminal activity would be covered by the legislation appear to go some way to addressing a number of the concerns raised by business and the community. However, more refinement may be necessary to ensure that only genuinely serious criminal activity is covered.

"The ongoing role of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security in further scrutinising the provisions, provides a welcome opportunity to consult more broadly with business and the community to further canvass the potential impacts of the measures.

"Protecting the security of communications and information between businesses and their customers is of fundamental importance. This legislation must not make businesses more vulnerable to hacking nor undermine their customers' trust.

"The business community naturally supports the efforts of our security institutions in protecting Australians from serious criminal activity such as terrorism," Mr Willox said.  

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