What is a "communication" (was Re: sorry, but ...

Peter Tomlinson pwt at iosis.co.uk
Sun Aug 12 16:05:16 BST 2012

On 12/08/2012 10:34, Roland Perry wrote:
> In article <50277012.4070807 at iosis.co.uk>, Peter Tomlinson 
> <pwt at iosis.co.uk> writes
>>>> I still wish that we could easily and routinely be able to encrypt 
>>>> email content. Then plod would have to ask for the keys.
>>> PGP style of encryption or TLS?
>>> And what do you count as "email" - there are very many non-port-25 
>>> messaging systems these days (and that's part of plod's problem).
>> I'm thinking of the USA program (www.nist.gov/nstic) to try to make 
>> the internet safe by use of eID methods (now using the buzzwords 
>> 'Identity Ecosystem'), although how far they have actually got in the 
>> last year I'm not sure [1]. Securely and easily being able to pass 
>> information between two parties should be a vital part of that. In 
>> Europe we have been trying (somewhat fitfully) for 10 years to solve 
>> the eID problem.
> That's more about e-commerce than e-mail, surely?
Yes, and, while using say https, we ought to be able to encrypt the data 
content (using a key provided after we present our eID) separately from 
the transport layer.


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