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Trusted Computing: security for whom? from whom?

From Bruce Schneier’s “Trusted Computing Best Practices“:

The language [in the Trusted Computing Group’s best practices document] has too much wiggle room for companies to break interoperability under the guise of security: “Furthermore, implementations and deployments of TCG specifications should not introduce any new interoperability obstacles that are not for the purpose of security.”

That sounds good, but what does “security” mean in that context? Security of the user against malicious code? Security of big media against people copying music and videos? Security of software vendors against competition? The big problem with TCG [Trusted Computing Group] technology is that it can be used to further all three of these “security” goals, and this document is where “security” should be better defined.

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