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Date: 1999-02-25

Freie Krypto: Neuer Anlauf Im US-Kongress

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updating 96.13.5 [sic]

Freie Krypto: Neuer Anlauf Im US-Kongress

Noch eine unendliche Geschichte, kommt diese Woche
wieder einmal in den US-Senat, wo sie seit 1996 schon
mehrfach am Widerstand des militärisch-Elektronischen
Komplexes gescheitert ist: Die von der Pro Code Bill (96)
zum SAFE Act mutierte Gesetzvorlage zur Freigabe starker
Kryptographie. Die Voraussetzungen scheinen allerdings
zum jetzigen Zeitpunkt günstig wie nie zu sein.

Anno 96

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Courtney Macavinta
February 25, 1999, 4:00 a.m.
As promised, Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia) and Zoe
Lofgren (D-California) today revived the Security and Freedom
Through Encryption (SAFE) Act.

SAFE protects the right to use encryption domestically and
simplifies the governmental review process for exporting
strong products. The bill also prohibits mandatory "key-
escrow" or "key-recovery" systems, which give law
enforcement a spare key to crack encrypted data.
The bill gained 249 sponsors in the House last year but died
after going through five renditions--one of which aimed to give
law enforcement quick access to unlock secure messages
within the United States during criminal investigations.
And proponents of crypto export reform may have a better
shot in Congress this year as major foes are no longer

For instance, in New York, Republican Rep. Gerald Solomon
has retired. When he was chairman of the powerful House
Rules Committee, he prevented Goodlatte and Lofgren's bill
from coming to a vote. Rep. David Dreier (R-California), who
favors export relief, now heads the committee. One past
opponent to relief--Sen. Bob Kerrey (D- Nebraska)--also has
now switched sides in the debate. Still, House Speaker
Dennis Hastert fiercely advocates encryption limits, and
could put up roadblocks if the issue comes to a floor vote.

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