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Encouraging News - France
>Encryption technology: French boost for internet software
>MONDAY SEPTEMBER 1 1997
>By Andrew Jack in Paris
>France is poised to liberalise regulations on computer encryption
>technology which could boost its efforts to encourage development of the
>The government is shortly to publish an official decree which would for
>the first time allow easy access to and use of software which encodes
>sensitive information in order to protect it from unauthorised
>The move could prove especially important for companies attempting to
>sell products and services over the internet, but which have been
>concerned about their protection of credit card numbers and other
>financial information provided by their customers.
>France remains one of the few western countries to impose such
>restrictive legislation on encryption, with only certain categories of
>users currently allowed to use the software.
>Other nations which continue to restrict the use of cryptography tightly
>in order to control the transfer of sensitive information include Iraq,
>Libya, Singapore and China.
>While many more countries - including EU member states and the US -
>restrict the export of sophisticated encryption technology as a product
>important to national security, most have more liberal guidelines
>concerning the circulation and application of software within their own
>The new decree in France follows a 1996 telecommunications regulation
>law, which opened the way to liberalisation of encryption software but
>which has so far not led to publication of any details of how the
>measures could be applied.
>The latest move comes after Lionel Jospin, the prime minister, made a
>speech last week highlighting the "delay" in France of uptake of the
>internet and promising initiatives to give it a higher priority.
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