Australian Citizens Use VPNs to Protect their Privacy

By SiliconIndia   |   Monday, 12 November 2018, 13:26 Hrs
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Last month, Australian Government passed the controversial ‘Assistance and Access’ bill, which gives the Government power to access the encrypted messages of its citizens anytime. Several experts now claim that the new bill is flawed and must be removed as the online privacy is lost.

Joe Cannataci, Rapporteur, United Nations, comments, “Its aims do not justify a lack of judicial oversight, or independent monitoring, or the extremely troubling lack of transparency. Greater confidence would be generated in domestic and international quarters if the legislation established an independent mechanism that verifies proper conduct and use of far-reaching power by decision makers”.

The recent bill is seen as a major threat to the privacy and security of users by the tech community, and experts thus claim that this will depend on judicial oversight and can lead to human errors or biased judgments. As a result, internet users now have turned to VPNs that will encrypt all Internet traffic between a user’s computer and a VPN server with the aid of a secure tunnel.

Commenting on the recent development, Marty P. Kamden, CMO & Cyber-Security Expert, NordVPN, says, “Accessing encrypted communications takes away privacy and online security from all internet users and creates a dangerous situation. Unencrypted devices and communications can be easily accessed by hackers and cybercriminals, putting your private data at risk. It’s not the first time we see Australia pass laws that limit online freedom, but this is the harshest we’ve ever seen. It could also set a precedent for other countries. When Australia passed its mandatory data retention law, NordVPN, an encryption service provider saw a 300 percent increase in Australian users. We think Australians will turn to VPNs in even bigger numbers now to protect their privacy”.

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