Windows Vista won't include back door for police

— 3:51 PM on March 4, 2006

Today, Microsoft officially announced that it will not put a "back door" into its next Windows Vista operating system. This follows earlier talks between Microsoft and the British government, which voiced concerns over the heightened security in Windows Vista. UK officials wanted Microsoft to implement a "back door key" in the new OS, so that police forces could potentially access sensitive information encrypted by users. Microsoft developer and cryptographer Neil Ferguson said back doors were "simply not acceptable", and that the creation of a back door in Vista would have to be done "over [his] dead body".

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