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
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.