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clipper chip

noun

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

Word Origin

Clipper, a secret code name in the 1980s in the US National Security Agency + (micro)chip

Usage Note

computing

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