While the Government tries to bypass encryption, spyware technologies already rely on the inherent weaknesses of our digital ecosystem. This is a secretive, lucrative and unregulated industry with serious potential for abuse.

There needs to be more transparency, oversight and strong steps toward developing a robust framework of accountability for both the government and private spyware companies.

Source: Spyware merchants: What are the risks of the Government’s use of third-party hacking tools? – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)