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[liberationtech] Why ~not~ S/MIME?

Ali-Reza Anghaie ali at
Tue Jul 30 02:00:46 PDT 2013

On Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 4:49 AM, Guido Witmond <guido at> wrote:
> My biggest beef with S/MIME is the certificates of the CA's.
> The CA's validation policy requires you to prove your real world
> identity to them. Which they then write into the certificate.
> It means that each and every email is tagged with your true identity for
> life. No thanks....

Self-signed S/MIME certs work just fine - however, you lose part of
the ease-of-use. I'm really talking about in the context of today's
PRISM (and friends) discussions with ~everyone~...

Also - I'm still not sure "we" can't solve that between the various
organizations that are pushing these privacy issues and the browser
vendors. A community trusted CA that conforms to whatever rules EFF
and EPIC come up with (as one suggestion).

To confirm - so far the object (the main one) - is the CA
dependency... I get that. Alright.


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