Sep 29, 2016

Is Brandis closing the door on white hat hackers?

The government proposes to ban attempts to strip anonymity from large datasets. But in doing so, it could also ban the best means of spotting security flaws.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

New amendments to the Privacy Act announced yesterday by the Attorney-General George Brandis to protect the security of anonymised data could have the perverse effect of making it harder to uncover flaws in anonymisation and encryption techniques.

Brandis yesterday announced that the government would be amending the Privacy Act to “create a new criminal offence of re-identifying de-identified government data. It will also be an offence to counsel, procure, facilitate, or encourage anyone to do this, and to publish or communicate any re-identified dataset.”

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3 thoughts on “Is Brandis closing the door on white hat hackers?

  1. paddy

    Every time Brandis pops up with another one of his brain farts, I actually wish him well in his quest to replace Lord Downer as Aust High Commissioner in London.
    He’d certainly do less damage to the country from there.

  2. Dog's Breakfast

    Getting lawyers to draft legislation on IT Security! May as well get my hammer to paint the walls, and my drill to turn the tap off, and my lawn mower to hang the washing out. These people are so far out of their depth, and with classic legally trained minds, have no idea how stupid they are.

    Why would they, they’ve spent their lives thinking they were bright people!

  3. AR

    Is there nothing that this dimwit touches that he doesn’t screw up?

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