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In December 2016, the U.K. Parliament agreed to the Investigatory Powers Act, allowing security agencies with a warrant to hack into computers, but stopping short of mandating back doors.
Australiaís proposal builds on that approach, tech firms and experts say, because tech firms could be required to develop new tools to circumvent security and crack passwords if necessary. The legislation is expected to pass Thursday after the ruling conservative government agreed to a compromise with the main opposition Labor Party to limit the billís powers to only the most serious offenses, such as terror plots.