Big "no" to Internet wire taps


— 1:10 PM on November 12, 1999

I saw this great Wired News story on the IETF's big-time rejection of Internet wire tapping. Only 25 people voted in favor out of 800 attending. Favorite quote concerning the overwhelming opposition:

One common complaint was that inserting wiretap functionality into standards makes them less secure, something the IETF has long opposed.

It would be like having the Christian Coalition debating a protocol for third-trimester abortions," said Phill Hallam-Baker, a networking security expert.

Not everything is rosy, however. Cisco attendees predicted "wire-tap" protocols being developed and implemented regardless of the IETF response.
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