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Re: Encrypting Confidential Mail

  • Subject: Re: Encrypting Confidential Mail
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@schestowitz.com>
  • Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2005 16:28:33 +0100
  • Newsgroups: alt.os.linux.suse
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / Manchester University
  • References: <jn2hr2-j65.ln1@penne.houghi> <dc54ct$28ji$1@godfrey.mcc.ac.uk> <kvihr2-kf9.ln1@penne.houghi> <dc59s9$3lr$3@nntp.itservices.ubc.ca> <3kmvqjFug07oU2@individual.net> <HKGdnW5dbpV__HvfRVn-sw@rogers.com> <dc5oji$2eau$1@godfrey.mcc.ac.uk> <VqidnTx4IO-CNHvfRVn-1g@rogers.com> <dc6v0k$2on8$2@godfrey.mcc.ac.uk> <dc79c7$ppq$1@nntp.itservices.ubc.ca> <dc7d82$119u$1@godfrey.mcc.ac.uk> <oY6dnQosYrWx7HrfRVn-2Q@rogers.com>
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James Knott wrote:

> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> As long as I know I have done nothing wrong, why encrypt anything? I have
>> never once encrypted an E-mail message (apart from testing purposes, file
>> encryption likewise) although I sign all my outgoing messages. One would
>> argue that due to such practices, any encrypted message would trigger
>> suspicion. The authorities would clearly dread the day when every single
>> message gets encrypted.
> Now consider doctors or others that are required by law to protect
> confidential patient data.  They should be using encryption, when
> e-mailing
> such data.  How about if you're sending instructions to your bank or
> lawyer?  Do you want anyone to be able to read that?

That's actually a very good point. Oddly enough I haven't thought about it
before and I bet people never stop and think how they conduct business and
what protocols are involved. Clearly there is no encryption among the
medical community.

When I needed to send my Web host an important password, I requsted their
PGP key. I was then told that PGP was not set up on their machine... so I
sent it unencrpted... unfortunately this was not the only time that I sent
the password for a site over non-secure SMTP.


Roy S. Schestowitz

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