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IT chiefs do not want key escrow law

The Government would not be justified in putting key escrow for encrypted e-mail into law, according to 55% of the IT managers...

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The Government would not be justified in putting key escrow for encrypted e-mail into law, according to 55% of the IT managers responding to this week's Computer Weekly/Harvey Nash Big Question.

Last week Computer Weekly revealed that foreign secretary Jack Straw and home secretary David Blunkett are considering introducing key escrow to help fight terrorism.

This kind of government access to encryption keys was removed from the RIP Act in 1999 following protests from IT suppliers and users. They felt it would not be an effective security tool and would place an onerous burden on business.

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