Changes Mind on Government Backdoor to Encryption Technology
In a 180 degree
change of heart, Senator Judd Gregg (R-New Hampshire) announced
on October 16 he will no longer seek to require government backdoor
keys to encryption technology.
the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon,
Senator Gregg in a statement on the Senate floor called for a global
ban on all data-scrambling technology without government backdoor
keys for surveillance purposes. He later stated that he was drafting
legislation to give law enforcement more tools to unscramble messages
to prevent future terrorist attacks.
comments were the result of widespread rumors that the terrorists
of September 11 could have used the encryption technology known
as Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) in planning the attack. Those rumors
have yet to be confirmed.
from several cryptologists and academics, it appears that Senator
Gregg has changed his mind.
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