Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 8 Feb 2001
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From: Peter For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Evidence of Misinformation Today I found the following link in the Herald. Basically its the same story as on Wired. Whats interesting is that such grossly bias stories are being published in general public newspapers, when more balanced and accurate stories are not. Sure, bad men use encryption to protect their communication. They also use phones, cars, trucks, boats, planes, and anything else that is commonly available. Are we to ban all these things just because they can be used for evil? Any plans to restrict encryption or stenography would have a total of NIL effect on criminals and terrorists. However it would have a very chilling effect on average Joe Blows ability to keep his business private. I find it rather disturbing that there is an association being made between terrorists and encryption. Its a form of brainwashing - making people associate encryption with terrorism. This makes it very much easier to pass laws restricting it, and discredit those who support strong encryption. The fact is that strong encryption is going to be the keystone of ecommerce. Without solid, secure technology to transfer our business information we face an uphill battle convincing business people to use it. Perhaps America should be more worried about restricting bombs and guns than with encryption. From: Brian Cahill For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Government Tactics It puzzled me at first that they were bothering to give themselves the power to intercept emails, when strong encryption products are freely available and must surely be familiar to computer-savvy criminals. I may be one of the "fanatical extremists", but I make the following prediction: About six to eighteen months after the passing of the Crimes Amendment Act No.6, there will be reports that those internet paedophiles (or terrorists or neo-nazis or whatever the bogeyman du jour is at the time) are now using ENCRYPTION to hide their evil deeds! Obviously, the government will need to make just a modest addition to the interception powers granted by the Crimes Amendment Act No.6, something along the lines of the UK's "Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act", for example. If this doesn't happen, I'll be very happy to have been proven wrong.Now Have Your Say
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