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:
The government is insisting on having a back door key so they can snoop on
No details of how the Clipper chip works are being given out. It may not be as
secure as the government claims.
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.