US Government backs down on encryption policy

US Government backs down on encryption policy
Tom Foremski The US government appears to be relaxing its position on the use of powerful encryption products. Representatives of the FBI and the Department of Justice testified before the Senate subcommittee saying they would not seek key escrow legislation which would allow the government to read encrypted messages. The subcommittee also heard from senior high-tech executives. “Strong encryption is the key to privacy on the Internet,” said MCI Communication’s chief lawyer Tim Casey. “Such privacy, in turn, is the key to realising the enormous potential of the Internet and global electronic commerce.” US high-tech companies have proposed a voluntary, industry-led approach to encryption policy rather then government controls or special laws.


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