Crypto in Europe. There is currently what appears to be an
attempt to impose key escrow in Europe, the
Council of Europe recommendation has been interpreted by some as
recommending a clipper like scheme. However the Council of Europe has
no statutory powers, the recommendation is just that, a
recommendation. Also it's interpretation is currently unclear. The
report which was published by the European Union, and hence could
be taken to carry more weight, being a document from the EU itself, is
ambiguous on the subject, and could be taken either way. To read, both
documents could be taken to be implying key escrow, but Finnish civil
servant Kaarlo Korvola stated in his memo on the Council of Europe
recommendation, that it was analyzed by the EC's Senior Officials'
Group for Information Security on 5th October and their spokesperson,
David Herson, said that Commission has no plans and no proposal to ban
encryption or use key escrow.
Some more info,
euro clipper paper (gzipped postscript), Privacy International's
EU-crypto page. Ross
Europe paper (unix compressed postscript file). A survey of
survey (GNU zipped postscript file),
If you have any more news or pointers I should add here, please
email me <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
there is still much doubt as to what is going on!