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Home > Privacy and Government > Government Threats to Privacy > Surveillance > Clipper Chip

The "Clipper Chip"

The "Clipper Chip" was a proposal in the early 1990's to require installation of cryptographic chips in computer and telecommunications equipment that would provide a "back door" to allow surveillance by the government. Though its proponents attempted to assure the public that the Clipper Chip would only be used with proper legal authorization, the Clipper Chip was rejected by overwhelming public opposition to giving the government nearly ubiquitous surveillance capabilities.


The Clipper Chip web page, Electronic Privacy Information Center

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[updated 8/29/00]

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