Big “no” to Internet wire taps

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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