Do you remember Mozilla Mail? Or to the Netscape Communicator 4.x? These are completely outdated mail programs that are no longer used today. The last update of Mozilla Mail (which should not be confused with Thunderbird) was made in 2006. Netscape Communicator 4.x has not even been updated since 2002.
The trade agreement between Great Britain and the European Union nevertheless refers to the software – and describes it as “modern”.
The relevant passage can be found on page 921 of the contract. The data exchange between the countries is regulated here. Because: With Brexit, Great Britain is also leaving the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which is why new agreements have to be made.
The data exchange of e.g. vehicle registers or fingerprints should be encrypted using the Standard s / MIME function, it says there. This is justified by the fact that these are already being used in “modern e-mail programs”. For example with “Outlook, Mozilla Mail and Netscape Communicator 4.x”.
The news site Hackaday speculates that the mistake crept in because officials simply copied text passages from old legal documents. The same text can be found in an EU law from 2008.