Encryption News

Perry Minyard (gt0963a@prism.gatech.edu)
Mon, 19 May 1997 13:06:31 -0400 (EDT)


FYI:

HOUSE JUDICIARY ENDORSES LIFTING BAN AGAINST ENCRYPTION EXPORTS The House
Judiciary Committee has approved the "Security and Freedom Through
Encryption Act" -- a bill that would lift most restrictions on computer
software and hardware products containing up-to-56-bit encryption
technology. The bill now goes to the House International Relations
Committee for consideration. The SAFE bill would also allow U.S. citizens
to choose the methods they prefer to secure electronic transmissions;
permit the sale domestically of any type of encryption; prohibit the
government from mandating key recovery systems; and make it possible to
charge someone with a federal crime "who, in the commission of a felony
under a criminal statute of the United States, knowingly and willfully
encrypts incriminating information relating to the felony with the intent
to conceal such information for the purpose of avoiding detection by law
enforcement agencies or prosecution." (BNA Daily Report for Executives 15
May 97)