When NordVPN sends out its media releases, they always serve two functions: reminding people that NordVPN exists and is a great VPN option, and also to highlight a genuine security and/or privacy concern that can affect everyday people.
Given that NordVPN actually delivers useful content and commentary intermixed with its obvious attempt at free publicity, I'm content enough to reprint NordVPN's content, so here's what the company has to say about this new legislative proposal.
The company states: "If the proposal gets approved, it would undermine encryption and force everyone who uses the Internet to cooperate with the government demands. The government, led by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, has been trying to pass the controversial bill for at least a year.
It's at this point that we hear from a regular contributor to NordVPN's commentary, being Marty P. Kamden, the company's chief marketing officer, who said: "Encryption is vital for online security.
“In order to be safe on wireless networks, people need to use encryption services, such as VPNs. Encrypted communication apps, such as Telegram, are important for private conversations.
"Since many businesses have moved online now, the significance of Internet privacy and security has increased, and people should be allowed to use encryption.
“Opening a backdoor for the government means opening it for other entities capable of exploiting the access as well. It lead to a flood of hacks, stolen information and other forms of abuse.
"This could jeopardise the privacy of all players involved – individuals, companies, and their clients,” continued Kamden.
Now, for those who might need a refresher on what a VPN or virtual private network actually does, the company reminds us that "a VPN encrypts internet users’ data and routes it through a secure tunnel before accessing the Internet".
"The only information visible to a third party (such as a government agency) is that a user is connected to a VPN server – nothing else."
So, whether you use NordVPN's VPN software on your PC, Mac, iPhone, Android, iPad or Android tablet, or choose to use someone else's, the advice given and concerns expressed are sound, and I guess we can at least be happy that our current hapless Federal Government hasn't resurrected the previous government's idea of an Internet filter again, too.