|Kanther announces German Crypto Ban
Manfred Kanther (Federal ministry of Interior, Germany)
spoke at the opening of the 5. INformation Technology Security Congress in
"On the secure way into information society"
- Information technology is a central part of efforts in German politics,
economity and society.
- There are a lot of international fears about risks of such a information
- Modern communication is misused by criminals. They exploid insecure
data transaction and hide themself in the anonymity of the networks.
Electronic tracing is very hard, the place of criminal action is not
definit, so the police has to master new difficulties.
- In order to reduce the advances of the criminals, the roots of those
advances should be removed before they can come into effect. So it would
be not necessary to cry for new laws.
- There are examples of such technical preventions. The BSI [visible part of
an organisation like the NSA, but much smaller ;-) -LD] has to develop
such technical solutions to stop criminals in the networks. There will be
- Cryptography is the key technology to gain security and trust.
- Cryptography is necessary to connect companies and the gouverment into the
- Cryptography can not be allowed to stop legal wiretrapping or render
police efforts useless. It can not be acceptable, that intelligence laws
- It is possible to merge security and controlling interests: Key Escrow or
GAK (Gouvermental Accessed Keys). This aims not to allow new observation
possibilities, but to keep existing ones.
- The police urges, that only licenced algorithms are in use. We have to
provide the police perfect investigation enviroments.
- Steganographie is useless, because it's too hard to use. A lot of people
overestimate the possibilities of steganography. Steganography is unable
to manage ordinary phone calls. If steganography is used nevertheless, the
investigator can obtain informations from the use itself. It is a major
goal of the current administration to ease to work of the police.
- The Internet is not only the home of the devil, but we will fight the
- But it's not our goal to cut the freedom rights of the users to speak
- It's fine, that the bussiness is going to selfregulate [censor itself? -LD]
the content in the network. This prevents law reagulation of this subject.
- Cooperation of the ISPs is the base to technically filter the net from
illegal and harmful contents. On this base providerindependent
classification of content can be prepared by us.
- We have to train our personal to fight computer base crime better.
- The law backround is currently prepared by the discussion of the IDuK law
containing the Digital Signature law.
- This law was prepared in a large cooperation of experts of economity and
science. It's supported by the bussiness.
- The adminstration is going to work together only with the bussiness
in this subject.
- The BSI is the melting pot of those developments.
- It's word causes acceptance in gouvermental applications, bussiness
solutions and public thinking.
- The BSI works together with the German Federal Bank and banking
organisations to prepeare and certify new paying mechanisms.
- The publications of the BSI are widly accepted as secuirty standards.
- I'm pround of the BSI, it will master the furture problems.