October 4, 2001

Zimmermann defends strong crypto against gov't assault

Author: JT Smith

"Strong cryptography does more good for society than harm and placing backdoors
in encryption products to allow law enforcement access to plain text messages
would be 'worse than futile', encryption guru Phil Zimmermann told The Register
today
.

"Zimmermann, the creator of the popular email encryption package PGP, told us that
reversing the policy of allowing strong cryptography 'under the terrible emotional
pressure' created by the September 11 atrocities would be a 'mistake.'"

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