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3.6.4 Who are the escrow agencies?

It has not yet been decided which organizations will serve as the escrow agencies, that is, keep the Clipper chip keys. No law-enforcement agency will be an escrow agency, and it is possible that at least one of the escrow agencies will be an organization outside the government.

It is essential that the escrow agencies keep the key databases extremely secure, since unauthorized access to both escrow databases could allow unauthorized eavesdropping on private communications. In fact, the escrow agencies are likely to be one of the major targets for anyone trying to compromise the Clipper system; the Clipper chip factory is another likely target.



Denis Arnaud
12/19/1997