BriefsDisputes on Electronic Message Encryption Take On New Urgency
John Schwartz writes in New York Times about the debate about the need for strong encryption for commerce vs the need for law enforcement to track their messages. "The attacks on the World Trade Center have reawakened a debate on how strongly the public — and by extension terrorists and other criminals — should be able to encrypt their electronic messages. The technology of scrambling data and messages has become a crucial element of computer security for businesses and consumers alike. Officials of law enforcement and intelligence agencies have long warned lawmakers that they were unable to break the strongest encryption products, and that crimes eventually would be committed that might otherwise have been prevented. "We can give our codebreakers all the money in the world, but the technology has outstripped the codebreakers," said Senator Judd Gregg, Republican of New Hampshire, who has met with Attorney General John Ashcroft and other officials to get encryption limits on the legislative agenda. ... See full article at http://www.nytimes.com/2001/09/25/technology/25CODE.html
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