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

On Wed, Nov 04, 1998 at 09:03:55PM -0600, Zed Pobre wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 04, 1998 at 04:25:14PM +0100, Martin Schulze wrote:
> > What the heck is this?
> [...]
> >   This message is forwarded by the Australian Bureau of Statistics
> >     (ABS) automatic answering service because you sent an email :
> >       on    : "4 Nov 1998 15:12:07 -0000",
> >       about : "debian-user-digest Digest V98 #1239"
> >     which contains encrpted data.  Consequently, the ABS internet
> >     gateway could not open the email in order to automatically
> >     process it to ensure that it complies with ABS standards.
>     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?

No, the Australian Bureau of Statistics is scanning their email; there's
no way in hell any government can attempt to scan all email anyway.
That's their own internal decision and not one that affects the whole
country. My email is certainly unseen by the government, and if that changes
I will move.

As to why a government agency (as they are) is paranoid about encryption,
... I deleted all the rude things I wanted to say about our prime minister.

I just emailed a dummy address @abs.gov.au and signed it to see what
the reaction will be.

Hamish Moffatt VK3TYD              hamish@debian.org, hamish@rising.com.au
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