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Short Take: Conference to ponder encryption proposal

The Global Internet Liberty Campaign, Privacy International, and the London School of Economics are holding a conference to discuss privacy concerns related to a key-escrow proposal from the United Kingdom's Department of Trade. The plan would require companies to hand over encryption keys to third parties in return for a digital certificate that serves as a kind of electronic driver's license. The plan aims to help the government gain access to encrypted communications involved in criminal investigations.

The Global Internet Liberty Campaign, Privacy International, and the London School of Economics are holding a conference to discuss privacy concerns related to a key-escrow proposal from the United Kingdom's Department of Trade. The plan would require companies to hand over encryption keys to third parties in return for a digital certificate that serves as a kind of electronic driver's license. The plan aims to help the government gain access to encrypted communications involved in criminal investigations.