[Standards-JIG] Re: The Great Encryption Debate

Kevin Smith kevin at kismith.co.uk
Wed Aug 10 18:14:23 UTC 2005

Ian Paterson wrote:
> We have to be very conservative when judging what is an invasion of
> privacy. Imagine Alice is Bob's jealous new girlfriend (they haven't
> exchanged keys yet), Bob has denied he ever talked to Charline, but
> Alice wants to confirm that. Bob thought his roster was private, but it
> turns out...

This isn't actually that big a deal, as David noted. It's quite easy to 
imagine situations where every person on one server is webbed without 
too many degrees of separation. It would be a problem with roster 
sharing techniques and even for manually assigned trust values but for 
implicit trust webs it should be fine.


Kevin Smith
Psi(.affinix.com) Jabber client project leader
PhD Research Student, Dept. Computer Science, University Of Exeter

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