Question 153. Who are the Escrow Agencies?

The current escrow agents are the NIST and the automated systems division of the department of treasury [DB95]. It is possible that the escrow agents may be changed to include at least one commercial organization.

It is essential that the escrow agencies keep the key databases extremely secure, since unauthorized access to both escrow databases could allow unauthorized eavesdropping on private communications. In fact, the escrow agencies are likely to be one of the major targets for anyone trying to compromise the Clipper system; the Clipper chip factory is another likely target.