Enlarge / Australia’s Attorney General George Brandis (L) speaks at a press conference Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull looks on in Sydney on December 30, 2015. (credit: Saeed Khan / Getty Images News)
Two top Australian government officials said Sunday that they will push for “thwarting the encryption of terrorist messaging” during an upcoming meeting next week of the so-called “Five Eyes” group of English-speaking nations that routinely share intelligence.
The move indicates that Canberra is now running ahead with what the FBI has dubbed “going dark” for several years now.

This is the notion that with the advent of widespread, easy-to-use strong encryption on smartphones and other devices, law enforcement has been hindered. Many experts say, however, that any method that would allow the government access even during certain situations would weaken overall security for everyone.
According to a statement released by Attorney General George Brandis, and Peter Dutton, the country’s top immigration official, Australia will press for new laws, pressure private companies, and urge for a new international data sharing agreement amongst the quintet of countries.
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