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"Report: U.S. Uses Key Escrow To Steal Secrets"

Report: U.S. Uses Key Escrow To Steal Secrets
By Madeleine Acey, TechWeb
May 18, 1999 (6:27 AM)

European plans for controlling encryption software are nothing to do with law enforcement and everything to do with U.S. industrial espionage, according to a report released by the European Parliament on Friday. The working document for the Scientific and Technological Options Assessment panel said the United States has tried to persuade European Union countries to adopt its key escrow or key recovery policies -- allowing backdoor access to encryption programs -- saying this was necessary to read messages exchanged by criminals.