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RE: Postcard Debates

If everyone just encrypted their messages then no suspicions would be raised
regarding the use of encryption.  Most people use envelopes, plain and
simple -- and as a result no one questions what they are hiding.  It's
understood that mail is private and therefore people have a right to seal it
in an envelope and not worry about people tampering with it.  On the same
note, there are federal regulations and penalties (in the U.S. anyway) for
tampering with mail and interrupting the delivery of it.  The same laws
should apply to email.

Jamie R. Wilson                     

-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Wenzler [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Thursday, 10 December, 1998 13:56
To: [email protected]
Cc: [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]
Subject: Re: 

[email protected] wrote:
> >HaB wrote:
> ><snip>
> >>     That's a good place to begin, though.  "Would you send a letter to
> >> someone without an envelope?"  "Then why not put your email in the
> >> electronic equivalent of one?"
> >>
> >> balance.
> >
> >Would I send a letter to someone without an envelope?
> >One word: postcard.
> Ahh, but would you tape a check for your phone bill to a postcard? Other
> than writing a greeting to someone what else do you use a postcard for?

No, I would not tape a phone bill check to a postcard. There is the 
chance for it to fall off.

There is different methods of sending mail for different levels of
security and functionality. Some people make it obvious what is inside
an envelope. (who would not recognize a Christmas card from the
envelope?) Others make it as bland and normal as possible to
have it go by without much notice.

It all depends on how secure you want it. Some things you can do
with what amounts to postcard security.

What amount of security do you want for your email? Would you be
willing to do something extra for that security?

This type of question is up to each person. How much risk is the
person willing to take. Each person has the responsibility to
understand what the risks are and to decide what risks they are
willing to take.