|Key recovery system is full of holes
The U.S. government's plan for allowing companies to export powerful
encryption software on the condition that they establish a third-party key
escrow system could actually increase security risks and raise the costs of
online commerce, says a study coordinated by the Center for Democracy and
Technology. One of the 11 scientists who participated in the study says
that having a key recovery system is similar to having a skeleton key to
your house in addition to the real key -- the skeleton key is easy to copy.
"So the existence of skeleton keys or trap doors, as the government is
proposing, is inherently risky." "A key-recovery system is going to be
extraordinarily hard to design and build economically, safely and reliably,"
New York Times 22 May 97