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There’s a push for police to have the power to crack encryption apps – but what does that mean?

Australia’s top police chiefs are warning us that more than 80% of suspected terrorists are using secret messaging apps.

These “encryption” apps, such as WhatsApp prevent authorities from tracking or intercepting the conversations these suspects are having, making an already difficult job even more difficult.

Labor MPs are now pushing to fast track new anti-terror laws, that would allow police to crack encrypted messages.

But as these apps become increasingly popular within the community, in fact, former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was quite fond of the app, many people have raised concerns about the implications of this move.

Many users of these apps say that if authorities are able to crack them, it may leave ordinary users vulnerable to others gaining access to their conversations and information, putting them at risk of things like identity theft.

Dr Nalin Asanka, from the Australian Centre for Cyber Security, tells John and Erin that Governments are always at risk of being hacked, and these laws would leave ordinary citizens at risk of cyber attacks. But if you’ve got nothing to hide, do you have anything to worry about?

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