It looks like Palladium (or whatever it's called this week) is of concern not
just to individuals but to governments as well (the following text forwarded
from elsewhere):

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  Governments would want to explore the implications of the use and
retention of government-held information and use of software for government
  More particularly, governments are likely to want to explore the issues
related to potential foreign control/influence over domestic governmental
use/access to domestic government held data.
  In other words, what are the practical and policy implications for a
government if a party external to the government may have the potential
power to turn off our access to its own information and that of its

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Unlike China, not everyone can address this problem by building their own
systems from the silicon on up.


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