Referrences to SKE and GAK
cme at tis.com
Wed Oct 5 10:28:44 PDT 1994
>Date: Wed, 05 Oct 1994 12:16:21 -0400
>From: Bill Sommerfeld <sommerfeld at orchard.medford.ma.us>
>I think the main problem here is that the government seized the
>initiative by using "Key Escrow" when they really mean "Government
>Access to Keys";
Exactly. The term is tainted.
Meanwhile, the offense to the English language remains even if we give the
term up as tainted. For example, there's a line in one of our publications
(the Data Security Letter) talking about this process:
FBI representatives stressed concern that users not be able to use
encryption products separated from the key escrow process.
That's true to the FBI's word choice.
So -- postulate a Key Escrow service with escrow agents chosen by Fidel
Castro and the Columbian drug cartel as grantee -- or, as an alternative,
postulate a PGP key provided by the FBI for good little boys and girls to
include as a recipient during encryption with PGP-voice.
Which one gives the FBI access?
P.S. (I know: neither, because there aren't any good little boys and
girls, but I was talking about English semantics, not reality. :-)
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