Encryption leads to convolution

— 12:31 AM on November 24, 1999

The Clinton administration has released its initial proposal for relaxing the export ban on strong encryption, and the software companies are not happy. Here's a News.com report on the subject which points out that, while the new proposal is a step in the right direction, it provides a very complicated and vague set of regulations about when export can and cannot take place.

This one is obviously going to take some time to iron out, since according to the article, the regs don't even cover how software downloaded from the Internet should be handled. That seems like a pretty big one to be skipping over to me. Maybe they're trying to stall until Moore's Law makes today's strong encryption look weak.

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