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Re: UK Government unveils crypto escrow legislation




>Date: Thu, 22 Oct 1998 15:38:10 +0100
>From: Malcolm Hutty <[email protected]>
>To: [email protected]
>Subject: UK Government unveils crypto escrow legislation
>
>The UK government has announced legislation designed to force
>escrow of confidentiality keys on UK netizens.
>
>They are planning a licenced system of Certificate Authorities in an
>attempt to force key escrow down the throats of British computer
>users. This could be a model for other governments. The idea is
>that digital signatures get preferential legal treatment if certified by
>a licenced CA, but to get a licence you must escrow confidentiality
>keys.

So much for the notion espoused by Labor supporters, notably Philip
Hallam-Baker, that the Tony Blair government would of course never support
the evil policies originally floated by the Conservatives.

Yeah, like George Bush wouldn't have supported Clipper had he won in '92.


--Tim May

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