InfoWorld: Blair backs down on U.K. key-escrow encryption
May 28, 1999, 11:48 (0 Talkback[s])
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"In a major reversal, the U.K. Prime Minister's office has
decided to drop a proposal that would have required anyone sending
an encrypted message to supply the means to unscramble the message
to a third party or the police."
"Prime Minister Tony Blair said in a statement Wednesday that
the government and Britain's IT industry have a joint strategy that
"strikes that balance between protecting society from criminals and
creating the best environment in the world to do e-business."
"Blair, who has often stated that he wants Britain to lead the
world in electronic commerce, had come under criticism for his
proposal for a key-escrow system to prevent online fraud and allow
police to monitor Internet criminals."