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CNET U.S. encryption export rules may be revised

Oct 20, 1999, 00:36 (3 Talkback[s])

"The Clinton administration is considering relaxing export limits on computer source code for data scrambling programs, in a possible move acknowledging the growing importance of Linux, a top export official said today."

"Undersecretary of Commerce William Reinsch said the administration had originally intended to maintain current export limits on source code, or instructions written by a computer programmer that can be compiled into a computer program."

"But after the administration announced it would significantly relax many of its limits on already compiled computer encryption programs, high-tech companies complained that retaining the source code limit was unworkable, Reinsch said in a telephone interview."

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