Key escrow in the UK

Gareth Bowker tgb at
Fri Jul 29 11:43:44 UTC 2005

On Fri, Jul 29, 2005 at 12:11:53PM +0200, Jeremiah Foster wrote:
> Not true. If you had a key recovery mechanism, you could quickly 
> recovery the key and encrypted information, thus potentially saving 
> lives. Look at the situation today, the police suspect another attack 
> with innocent people killed is imminent, oughtn't there be a mechanism 
> to prevent this needless death? 

You're making the assumption that the criminals will stop using the
current encryption technologies and switch to one which allows key escrow.
You're also assuming that the criminals will continue to use this
"watered-down" encryption to discuss their criminal activities, hoping
that no-one will snoop on their communications.

Why would they do that, if they knew their communications could now be

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