The reporter had asked how the new law, based on the UK’s Investigatory Powers Act – also known as the “Snoopers’ Charter” – would stop people simply moving on to other platforms.
Facebook and Apple pushed back, with the social media platform telling the Sydney Morning Herald: “We appreciate the important work that law enforcement does and we understand their need to carry out investigations. That’s why we already have a protocol in place to respond to requests where we can.”
Facebook added: “At the same time, weakening encrypted systems for them would mean weakening it for everyone.”
Apple told the Sydney Morning Herald: “We believe security shouldn’t come at the expense of individual privacy.”