Re: [HR-rt] [hrpc] Internet Architecture Board warns Australian encryption-busting laws could fragment the internet

bzs@theworld.com Mon, 05 November 2018 05:14 UTC

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Subject: Re: [HR-rt] [hrpc] Internet Architecture Board warns Australian encryption-busting laws could fragment the internet
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A quick and very informal statistical glance at the ratio of
successful vs unsuccessful SMTP TLS connections at this ISP
(TheWorld.com) showed about 10% success.

Granted that might be skewed by the number of totally insincere
attempts by spammers and similar.

But sometimes things look different from the trenches.

I'm a little disturbed that the soon to be mandatory Danish
recommendations specifically call for S/MIME certificates. There's
nothing wrong with them -- well there are problems, everything has
problems, e.g., EFAIL -- but there are other alternatives. I'll hope
one can read that as "...or equivalent industry standard encryption
methods".

Another problem which leaps to mind is that email delivery is
inherently store-and-forward which means a message might travel
through various jurisdictions before final delivery.

The bigger point is the sentiments might be laudable but the practical
issues loom nonetheless.

-- 
        -Barry Shein

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