US Govt called to drop control on encryption

US Govt called to drop control on encryption
Tom Foremski The Clinton administration is under pressure to drop controls on encryption technologies following a report predicting major sales losses. The report, from the Economic Strategy Institute (ESI), claims that US controls on encryption exports could lose the US economy from $35bn to as much as $95.9bn in sales over the next five years. The report says that encryption controls harm such sectors as networking, software, electronic commerce and Internet services. Meanwhile, a dozen leading Democrats wrote a letter to President Clinton urging the overhaul of outdated encryption export policies. The US government cannot “control the proliferation or direction of technology in the digital age”, the Democrats claim.


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