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12.8. What is privacy enhanced mail?
Privacy enhanced mail (PEM) is a new standard for transferring
encrypted electronic mail. Like PGP, it allows you to encrypt your mail before
sending it and ensures that your message can only be decrypted by its intended
recipient. PEM works differently than PGP and isn't embroiled by the legal
battles that have troubled PGP. PEM is just beginning to catch on in the
Internet community; it certainly hasn't received the recognition or media play
that PGP has.
For more information, get the PEM FAQ list from
Note: To join the PEM electronic mailing list, send a
request to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you like gory technical details,
you should know that PEM is described in Request For Comment documents (RFCs)
1421 though 1424.
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