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IDG.net: GNU launches free encryption tool

Sep 08, 1999, 22:37 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Douglas F. Gray)

"Open-source software group GNU yesterday announced the release of its message-encryption tool GNU Privacy Guard (GnuPG) version 1.0.0."

"The privacy-protection program, which is available now, is billed as a replacement for PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) protection. Because GnuPG does not use patented algorithms such as IDEA (International Data Encryption Algorithm), as well as the fact that it was developed outside of the U.S., it is not subject to export restrictions as PGP is, the group said."

"This was all developed outside the U.S., and that was done deliberately so GnuPG could be distributed both inside and outside the U.S.," according to Brian Youmans, distribution manager at the Free Software Foundation, Inc. (FSF), which was originally created to support the GNU Project."

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