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IP: alternative (bad) to clipper
From: Dave Farber <farber () cis upenn edu>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 1997 21:03:25 -0400

U.S. SUGGESTS ALTERNATIVE TO CLIPPER CHIP
The Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology
will hold a workshop to discuss a new U.S. 64-bit software key-escrow data
encryption strategy that would serve as an alternative to the Clipper Chip
technology which the Clinton administration had championed up until now.
Like the Clipper Chip, the new approach would require encryption keys to be
held in escrow but, unlike Clipper, it might allow non-government escrow
agents to hold the keys.=A0 Critics of the approach say that since=
 non-escrow
systems are widely available, it makes little sense to promote escrow
techniques.=A0 (New York Times 18 Aug 95 C6)=A0 The Business Software=
 Alliance
called the government proposal "encouraging," but suggested the 64-bit limit
set on the length of the keys is "unnecessary."=A0 (Wall Street Journal 18 A=
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