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download (1)Agartala: The Tripura High Court has slightly modified its order over the posting of Law Secretary Datamohan Jamatia, asking him to join as district and sessions judge on November 2 instead of earlier August 3, an official said on Sunday.

“Following state Law Minister Tapan Chakraborty’s second letter to High Court Chief Justice Deepak Gupta, the court slightly modified its transfer order asking Jamatia to join his new posting on November 2 instead of August 3,” a law department official said here on Sunday.

High Court registrar general Manik Chakraborty, in a notification on Saturday, asked Chief Secretary Yashpal Singh to choose a new law secretary by October 31.

The tussle between the high court and the state government kicked off after the court issued a notification on July 14 to transfer Jamatia as district and sessions judge of Unakoti district.

Law Minister Chakraborty, in his letter to the chief justice, expressed the state government’s inability to relieve Jamatia as law secretary as he was looking after cases pending in the Supreme Court and upcoming elections to the local bodies in Tripura.

The minister wrote the letter on July 30 after the high court on July 23 turned down the law minister’s plea and stuck to its earlier decision.

A division bench of the high court in April wanted contempt of court charges to be framed against Jamatia for making derogatory remark about the judiciary in an official note to Chief Minister Manik Sarkar.

Jamatia denied making any such remarks and filed a petition before the Supreme Court against the high court decision.

(IANS)

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Tech giant Apple said in October that “it would be wrong to weaken security for millions of law-abiding customers in order to investigate the very few who pose a threat.”

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Security agencies will gain greater access to encrypted messages under new laws in Australia. The legislation will force technology companies such as Apple, Facebook and Google to disable encryption protections to allow investigators to track the communications of terrorists and other criminals. It is, however, a controversial measure.

Australian law enforcement officials say the growth of end-to-end encryption in applications such as Signal, Facebook’s WhatsApp and Apple’s iMessage hamper their efforts to track the activities of criminals and extremists.

End-to-end encryption is a code that allows a message to stay secret between the person who wrote it and the recipient.

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But a new law passed Thursday in Australia compels technology companies, device manufacturers and service providers to build in features needed for police to crack those hitherto secret codes. However, businesses will not have to introduce these features if they are considered “systemic weaknesses,” which means they are likely to result in compromised security for other users.

The Australian legislation is the first of its kind anywhere.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the new law was urgently needed because encoded messaging apps allowed “terrorists and organized criminals and … pedophile rings to do their evil work.”

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However, critics, including technology companies, human rights groups, and lawyers, believe the measure goes too far and gives investigators “unprecedented powers to access encrypted communications.”

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Francis Galbally, the chairman of the encryption provider Senetas, says the law will send Australia’s tech sector into reverse.

“We will lose some of the greatest mathematicians and scientists this country has produced, and I can tell you because I employ a lot of them, they are fabulous, they are well regarded, but the world will now regard them if they stay in this country as subject to the government making changes to what they are doing in order to spy on everybody,” he said.

Galbally also claims that his company could lose clients to competitors overseas because it cannot guarantee its products have not been compromised by Australian authorities.

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Tech giant Apple said in October that “it would be wrong to weaken security for millions of law-abiding customers in order to investigate the very few who pose a threat.”

The new law includes penalties for noncompliance. (VOA)