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[FYI] (Fwd) FC: UK Government unveils crypto escrow legislation

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Date:          Thu, 22 Oct 1998 09:17:08 -0700 (PDT)
From:          Declan McCullagh <declan@well.com>
To:            politech@vorlon.mit.edu
Subject:       FC: UK Government unveils crypto escrow legislation
Reply-to:      declan@well.com

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Date: Thu, 22 Oct 1998 15:38:10 +0100
From: Malcolm Hutty <cacib@liberty.org.uk>
To: declan@well.com
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

The licensing authority will be OFTEL, the telecoms regulator.

You may want to check out this link for full details

- Campaign Against Censorship                          Tel: 0171 589
4500 of the Internet in Britain        Say NO             Fax: 0171
589 4522 60 Albert Court                 to censorship!       Prince
Consort Road                                cacib@liberty.org.uk
London SW7 2BE                        

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