Returning privacy to E-mail

by Marc Hedlund

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"The key to deploying encrypted mail is to make it happen with close to zero involvement by the user. This is hard, and requires some security compromises that have made cryptographers uneasy in the past." So says Brad Templeton in worthwhile article, Returning privacy to E-mail.

Whether or not Brad's specific proposal is worthwhile -- and I'm concerned his architecture would create a huge incentive for a mandated man-in-the-middle -- the goal of email encryption that works as transparently as SSL is a good one.