[plug] Encryption legalities

Bret Busby bret at clearsol.iinet.net.au
Sat May 8 16:48:43 WST 1999

I though some may be interested in the following. From cnet news

Bret Busby

Unconstitutional restriction

In a 2-to-1 vote, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
affirmed a district ruling that U.S. export limits on
encryption are unconstitutional. Daniel Bernstein vs.
the Justice Department, handed down in 1997,  states
that software source code is a language, and therefore
the export controls violate the University of Illinois math
professor's First Amendment right. Clinton administration
policy treats software cryptotography as falling within the
interests of national security.


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