News Burst: Government accused of suppressing software

The government has deliberately hampered the take-up of encryption software according to Nicholas Bohm, e-commerce adviser to civil liberties organisation Cyber Rights.

Bohm believes it has been government policy to limit the use of cryptography in the UK. The revelation comes amid mounting worries about security of email and government plans to monitor Net traffic.

"It has been government policy, inspired by GCHQ, to discourage the use of cryptography," Bohm told ZDNet Wednesday. "The government is the main user of crypotographic software and is in a good position to discourage suppliers making it widespread."

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