Clipper : Java Glossary


The Clinton administration is attempting to force everyone to use a government encryption algorithm for sending confidential information. It is implemented in an electronic device called a Clipper chip. (Clipper here has no relation to the dBase clone.) There is great resistance because:
  1. The government is insisting on having a back door key so they can snoop on conversations.
  2. No details of how the Clipper chip works are being given out. It may not be as secure as the government claims.
  3. In practice, flouting the law will be easy. Criminals will easily flout the law and go unpunished. The government will eventually snoop on those it has no business snooping on — for example political rivals. We would get all the costs with none of the benefits.

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