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EU Commissioner: The solution to this problem...lies in non-proprietary and open source systems

Nov 24, 1999, 22:31 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Claus Sørensen)

[ Linux Today reader Claus Sørensen, Chairman of KLID writes: ]

"Erkki Liikanen Commissioner for Enterprise and Information Society European Commission state in his speech at Information Security Solutions Europe (ISSE 99) Berlin, 4 October 1999 that the solution to the problem concerning secure payment systems is non-proprietary and open source systems.

Quoted from the speech:

"4. WHAT ELSE CAN WE DO?

I realise I have spent quite some time talking about legal issues. It is certainly a major building block of a favourable environment for on-line security. In the time that I have left, I would like to focus on a two issues which have struck me lately, and which are also crucial.

The first issue concerns the European cryptographic industry. It is a strong industry, it has state-of-the-art technology, and it has therefore the potential to impose itself on world markets. It would certainly highly benefit from improved regulatory conditions, but there is another major obstacle to its expansion.

Currently, the desktop computing market is dominated by a few systems. This wouldn't be a problem in itself if those weren't proprietary systems. Building security solutions for systems when one has no access to the source code is certainly a major challenge. In fact, it means that there is a whole range of security products which European industry cannot supply.

The solution to this problem certainly lies in non-proprietary and open source systems. This is the key to unlocking the potential of the desktop computing security market. This would also clearly be in the end users' interest. Not only would users enjoy a wider choice of security solutions, but they would also have a greater safety guarantee."

You can see the whole speech here."

Claus Sørensen, Chairman of KLID (Commercial Linux Association in Denmark)