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Date: 2002-03-08

Bye, bye Kommerz-PGP

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q/depesche 02.3.7/1

Bye, bye Kommerz-PGP

Nun, da die kommerzielle Entwicklung von PGP eingestellt wird, während
das Programm als Freeware weiterhin erhältlich ist, brauchen wir nicht mehr
mit Lästigkeiten a la ADK per default zu rechnen. Wer sich über die
Entwicklung ein Bild machen will: In der quintessenziellen Datenk finden sich
allein seit 1998 226 q/depeschen, in denen PGP eine Rolle spielt.

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Software company Network Associates has stopped selling PGP, the most
widely used software for e-mail encryption, after failing to find a buyer for the
technology, a spokeswoman said Thursday.

PGP, or Pretty Good Privacy, is available free online for personal use, a
major reason the company saw little future in trying to make a business of
selling the software for corporate use, said spokeswoman Jennifer Keavney.

``It is the leading encryption technology out there, but it's all based on free
downloads,'' she said.

The software allows users to send and receive encrypted e-mails that can
only be decoded by their intended recipients.

Network Associates laid off 18 employees last week when the PGP division
was dismantled. Most of the division's employees had already been
transferred to other parts of the company.

The layoffs were first reported on the Infoworld magazine's Web site.

The Santa Clara, Calif., company announced in October that it was looking
for a buyer to take PGP off its hands. Keavney said the company received
several offers, but none was attractive enough.

Part of the problem was that PGP encryption technology is used in a number
of other Network Associates products and the company needed to maintain
rights to use the technology even if it was sold to another company, she said.

Network Associates will continue to fix bugs in the program for one year, and
will provide support for customers until the expiration of the support contracts.

PGP is the creation of software engineer Phil Zimmerman, who released it as
``freeware'' in 1991. He sold the commercial rights to Network Associates in


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