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Re: [siteadmin@abs.gov.au: Email sent by you blocked because it contains encrypted data.]

On 04-Nov-1998, Joseph Carter <knghtbrd@debian.org> wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 04, 1998 at 09:03:55PM -0600, Zed Pobre wrote:
> >     Uhm, does this scare anybody else?  It implies that Austrialia is
> > now scanning mail for content and blocking encrypted transmissions.
> > Can anyone in Austrialia test this out and see if they can figure out
> > what parameters will trip this?
> To be frank, it scares the living shit out of me.  Dare any of you claim
> that stupid crypto laws are a US only problem still?  I sign everything, and
> this makes me only want to encrypt more and more because signing is clearly
> not enough.

Australia is not doing anything of the sort.  A government office
is doing it - probably because their local administrator is doing it.

It's certainly not happening across the country.  It's a local decision,
chances are only affecting a particular office.  It might be that the
ABS is concerned about imformation leaking (they make money out of
selling census information -- they actually claim copyright on
census data).  There are privacy issues at stake as well -- they
might be worried that people are sending personal information out
of their records to do data matching.  Or perhaps they are just
paranoid raving looneys.


Because I dislike being quoted I lie almost constantly when talking 
about my work.
		-- Terry Gilliam

Tyson Dowd   <tyson@tyse.net>   http://tyse.net/tyson 

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