RE: [rc5] Netscape 128bits

Joe Robins (
Tue, 24 Jun 97 15:23:06 -0700

>From my reading of this information, Netscape has only been granted
>export to _banks_ worldwide, not customers in general. This makes it
>more secure for U.S. citizens to deal with banks in foreign countries
>but does nothing for customers in foreign countries to deal more
>securely with companies or individuals in the U.S.

I quote from the press release:

"MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (June 24, 1997) -- Netscape Communications
Corporation (NASDAQ: NSCP) today announced the United States Department of
Commerce has granted the company permission to export Netscape
Communicator client software with 128-bit encryption capabilities.
Available for
immediate download from the Netscape Internet site, Netscape Communicator
with strong encryption would allow users worldwide to enjoy far greater
protection for their information when communicating with certified,
strong encryption applications on Intranets and the Internet.

"Netscape also received approval to export Netscape SuiteSpot server
software featuring 128-bit encryption capabilities to certified banks
worldwide. VeriSign
will be providing a special-use digital certificate which enables the
encryption. This will allow Netscape Communicator users to access their
information from almost anywhere in the world and communicate using
strong encryption with those banks which have implemented Netscape
servers and completed the certification process. "

This shows that there's two separate issues that were dealt with. The
second is just for banks, and deals with the SuiteSpot server software.
But the first one is for the Communicator software, which is available to
anyone who wants it. Thus, this allows foreign customers to have safe
transactions with US companies.

Joe Robins
Apple Computer, Inc.