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USA Today: Critics attack encryption proposal

Nov 27, 1999, 19:35 (0 Talkback[s])

"Critics Tuesday attacked a new Clinton administration proposal that was supposed to relax controls on the export of encryption technologies crucial to online business and individual privacy."

"... Two months ago we were talking about a clean lifting of export restrictions. Today we're looking at a complex morass of regulations."

"American businesses would soon be allowed to export most encryption technologies to all but a handful of countries starting sometime next year. With that permission in hand, US companies would be free to compete with foreign companies that are increasingly taking over computer security markets abroad.

"Nonetheless, the Administration has continued to insist on banning export of the most powerful encryption technologies..."

"The new proposal, critics say, leaves confusion in its wake..."

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