U.S. issues new rules on encryption exports
December 27, 1996
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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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