[cryptography] crypto & security/privacy balance (Re: Digital cash in the news...)

James A. Donald jamesd at echeque.com
Wed Jun 15 17:51:40 EDT 2011

On 2011-06-15 6:22 PM, Adam Back wrote:
> Then there are countries where crypto is officially or effectively already
> banned - there being caught with privacy tech on your laptop, cell phone
> etc
> would be dangerous.

Which, however, tend to be the countries where there is lots of privacy 
tech on people's lap tops.

Consider Al Quaeda.  The US, rightly, does not allow anything to limit 
its pursuit of Al Qaeda.  The US does not bother with arrests nor 
charges, nor worry overmuch about innocent bystanders.  All is fair in 
love and war.

Do al Qaeda members say "Oh dear, I guess encryption is out for us.  It 
might look suspicious."

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