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U.S. issues new rules on encryption exports

graphic December 27, 1996
Web posted at: 9:20 p.m. EST

WASHINGTON (Reuter) -- The Clinton administration said Friday it had issued new rules governing export restrictions on computer encryption technology.

"The new export rules for encryption products will promote the robust growth of international electronic commerce and secure global communications while balancing our nation's economic and national security needs," said Commerce Department Undersecretary William Reinsch in a statement.

In November, President Clinton signed an order easing Cold War-era limits on exports containing powerful encryption technology if the products allowed the government to decode encrypted messages by recovering the encryption keys.

The new rules implement that order. Friday's statement said there would be liberalized treatment for encryption products with recoverable keys.

Reuters contributed to this report.


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