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NewScientist: A Report on Echelon Recommends All Europeans Use Crypto and Open Source Software

May 25, 2001, 15:52 (11 Talkback[s])
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Paul A. Rombouts writes:

If you take Craig Mundie's word for it, closed source may be "the American way", but it's doubtful it will be the European way:

"A new European Parliament document confirms the existence of a secretive US-led communications surveillance network, known as Echelon.

The document recommends that all European citizens should encrypt their email and steer clear of closed software. It recommends using open source software that can be checked for hidden backdoors - the source code behind most commercial software is kept a closely guarded secret."

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