Reuters: Looser U.S. encryption export rules due Thur.Jan 13, 2000, 05:38 (5 Talkback[s])
"The Clinton administration on Thursday will dramatically reduce export limits on computer data-scrambling technology, aiding sales of most U.S.-made products that include encryption such as Internet software, computer networking equipment and telecommunications gear.
"The new rules also fulfill a White House promise from September to dramatically relax the previously restrictive encryption export rules.
"U.S. high-technology companies, along with Internet and privacy advocacy groups, have been pushing for the changes for years arguing that encryption was needed to protect the security of communications and electronic commerce."
"Under the new rules, if source code is publicly available and no royalty is charged for its use, the code would not be subject to export restrictions. People posting "open source" programs would be required to send the code, or a Web site address where the code was displayed, to the government."