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Re: Netscape gives in to key escrow
Jonathan Zamick wrote:
| > Brian Davis wrote:
| >I they tell you about it and you buy it anyway -- tough luck.
| >Same with the cars. Would *you* buy Pinto with explosives in it????
| >(leaving aside the "inherently dangerous" argument for the moment on the
| >products liability claim).
| Hmm. The key point is that almost no general users will have a clue what
| actual security is, and what GAK is. They _might_ understand the risks of
| having an explosive in their vehicle (but can just as easily argue it wasn't
| properly designed if it went off improperly.) Regardless of what they'd know
| about their vehicle, they can easily claim to had the risks associated with
| GAK improperly represented, Netscape misleading them with deceptive claims
| of security given this potential hole etc.
I'd just like to add one bit to what Jonathan said here. That
is the AT&T Clipper phones don't come with 'Big Brother Inside'
stickers on them. The phrase 'key escrow' is not used in the manual
(near as I remember.) The disclaimer is in very small print.
Its not a reasonable expectation that a product being touted
as 'secure' is known to its makers to be insecure. Expecting John Q.
Public to know that without warning labels seems like a strech.
"It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once."