South Africa moves to increase Net-surveillance, limit crypto

Pawel Krawczyk kravietz at
Tue Aug 14 16:10:55 EDT 2001

On Tue, Aug 14, 2001 at 11:34:40AM +0100, Clive D. W. Feather wrote:

> I suspect that it's aimed at link-layer encryption. In other words, 
> where the ISP/telco runs one end of the encryption themselves, but the 
> most convenient point to tap happens to be on the encrypted part of the 
> link.

This is very similiar to the requirement that appeared
in Polish Internet surveillance law, described at Cryptome
( This requirement is targeted at
ISP that provide encryption facility for customer either as outsorcing
or included in PVC subscription etc.

Although I don't like the law and it would have catastrophical effect
on Polish Internet services market, this seems to be a quite logical
requirement. Its state is still unknown and probably won't be known
before the September Parliament election. And probably after that those
guys will have more serious problems to solve than surveillance, with
current predicions for budget deficit...

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