BBCR4 on Crypto-wars today at 13:30

Wendy M. Grossman wendyg at
Mon Mar 17 20:28:09 GMT 2014

On 3/17/2014 20:08 PM, Roland Perry wrote:
> In article <53271A2A.3040701 at>, Peter Fairbrother
> <zenadsl6186 at> writes
>> with the demands for keys in RIPA we lost the crypto wars in the UK.
> I thought the Crypto Wars were about making its usage legal, at all. Not
> about who could ask criminals to open their safe with the evidence inside.

Not in the UK. There was a significant push for key escrow and licensed
trusted third parties in the UK - the govt imagined we'd want banks to
serve in that function because we trusted them. There were big debates
about those, and also whether you could be compelled to hand over your key.

In the US, the export regulations were also a big deal, and PRZ put out
PGP when he did because there was a threat to ban domestic use of
encryption. By the time the crypto wars reached the UK PGP was already here.

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