Hugene - 11:18 pm on Sep 28, 2010 (gmt 0)
Today, all telecom operators must have in their infrastructure the technical means to wiretap their customers. This is valid for the US, Canada and I assume the EU and most definitely all repressive regimes of the world. In telecom speak, this is called "lawfull intercept".
However, since the rise of the internet, lots of services use the internet network to transmit encrypted messages, such as Skype, Facebook, etc (I think Blackberry uses wireless networks such as GSM for that). So these message eventhough they can be intercepted by telecom operators, cannot be decrypted.
This is why this law is being pushed. Ugly and sad, but expected.
The question is, if I continue to do my own GPG on my emails on my PC from Thunderbird, will this also have a backdoor?
I sure hope not.