Document (#14048)

Author
McMurdo, G.
Title
Pretty good encryption
Source
Journal of information science. 22(1996) no.2, S.133-146
Year
1996
Abstract
The use of codes and other methods of concealing the contents of messages is as old as recorded information. With the advent of computer communication, the need for a method of ensuring secure communication over insecure channels, such as the Internet, has seen an increased demand for good cryptography. However, the recent availability of public domain public key encryption software, such as Philip R. Zimmermann's Pretty Good privacy (PGP), has been seen by some as betraying the principles of security and has raised issues of national communication policy and personal privacy. In the USA, the government's Clipper encryption chip initiative sought to implement a key escrow system which would enable law enforcement agencies to wiretap all digital communication. Civil liberty opponents of key escrow systems argue that they will not affect criminals, and fear that they can only be made effective by banning the use of alternative encryption systems, such as PGP. Describes methods for obtaining and using PGP to encrypt and decrypt electronic mail messages
Theme
Internet
Object
PGP

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