clipper chip

Main Entry:  Clipper chip
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a microchip with an identification code which allows decryption and decipherment of communications transmissions by government and law enforcement agencies, developed by the US government to provide a standard encryption method
Etymology:  Clipper, a secret code name in the 1980s in the US National Security Agency + (micro)chip
Usage:  computing's 21st Century Lexicon
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