Encrypting Email

Mike Kercher mike at CAMAROSS.NET
Mon May 12 18:30:40 IST 2003

I only need to do this for a few email accounts and it has to do with HIPAA
compliance.  I'm not even sure yet whether or not it will be a requirement, but
I want to be prepared.


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> [mailto:MAILSCANNER at JISCMAIL.AC.UK] On Behalf Of Kevin Spicer
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> Subject: Re: Encrypting Email
> Has anyone implemented a system to encrypt emails using GPG
> or something similar at the MTA?
> I don't think thats half as easy as it sounds.  The biggest
> problem would be getting the public keys for all recipients
> (although there are the key servers...).  Its also likely to
> be computationally expensive if you want to do it for all
> mail (assuming all your recipients have a gpg key - which is
> frankly unlikely).  Not to mention the bandwidth cost of
> having to send separately encrypted mails to each recipient
> (assuming my understanding is correct on that one).
> Digital signatures might be a more realistic prospect, but
> there are very good reasons why this should not be done at the MTA.
> Did you have a particular reason for wanting this?
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