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SF Gate: Court to reconsider ruling on encryption sales

Oct 03, 1999, 00:22 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bob Egelko)

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"Protecting the privacy of financial and corporate information transmitted on the Internet is a top priority for high-tech companies, but the government bars them from using the best encryption devices available."

"In May, a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal ruled that encryption programs and the mathematical formulas used to write them could not be suppressed by the government because they contain expressions of ideas.

"But on Thursday, a majority of the full court's 21 active judges agreed to grant a new hearing to the Justice Department..."

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