The Australian government is working on a draft legislation that will require companies such as IT companies linked to social media to provide detection features in encrypted communications, elements that take into account “security expectations”, with the obligation to develop and implement procedures to detect and address the exchange of certain materials and activities also in the context of encrypted communications.

The objective – explains ZDNet – is to ensure that users are able to use various services in a safe manner, prevent and counter episodes of bullying and cyberbullying, the exchange of material relating to child abuse, the non-consensual transmission and reception of intimate images, material that promotes, instructs, depicts and incites violent conduct.

“Reasonable measures” shall be implemented to moderate, detect and remove material or references to activities in the services that are considered illegal or dangerous.

In Australia un disegno di legge per obbligare social e affini a identificare materiale scambiato nelle comunicazioni cifrateIn Australia un disegno di legge per obbligare social e affini a identificare materiale scambiato nelle comunicazioni cifrate

In the case of an app or online games used by children, for example, by default privacy and security settings will need to be robust and set to the most restrictive levels. Service providers will also have to prevent the use of anonymous accounts for activities that may be illegal or harmful, for posting material and also verify the identity or ownership of accounts.

Australia’s eSafety Commissioner will have the power to order IT companies to account for damages and impose fines of up to A$555,000 on companies and fiup to AUD 111,000 to individuals.

Service providers will have to have clear and easily identifiable mechanisms in place to allow people to complain about certain materials and to keep track of reports for five years.

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eSafety will have to receive the information requested from service providers within 30 days, will be empowered to send notices in compliance with obligations that will in various ways oblige certain services to be inherently safe.

A consultation document has been prepared for the development of the Bill, with an opportunity to indicate comments until 15 October 2021.