UK holds Microsoft security talks (BBC)
Posted Feb 15, 2006 19:20 UTC (Wed) by efexis
In reply to: UK holds Microsoft security talks (BBC)
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This doesn't mean much. If we look at the terrorist angle (which is only one), someone who is willing to sacrifice their life (or spend it in the fight) for their cause, being threatened prison time if you don't release information that will damage your cause, isn't going to do a fat lot.
Plus you still have to have someone to ask for the key. There'll be many times where this /isn't/ the case (for example, detecting keywords in network traffic, extracting info when the owner is unknown or has fled, incapacitated or deceased).
But all of this is a bit stupid, nobody who has anything that's worth protecting from the government (AND that the government would want - this rules out 95% of all that encryption is used for) is going to use an encryption method that the government has been in talks about establishing a backdoor for.
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