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BXA Testimony at SAFE Hearing
See William Reinsch's testimony on the administration's
encryption policy at the September 4 SAFE hearing:
Perhaps dissimulating, or not then clued to the draft GAK bill,
1. Foreign crypto products are not as widely available as export
control critics claim, and thus do not threaten US products.
2. The administration is against mandatory key escrow.
3. Finds the SAFE bill unhelpful but likes its crypto-criminalization
provision and favors McCain-Kerrey's Secure Public Network
Act bill or other legislation that will:
Expressly confirm the freedom of domestic users to choose
any type or strength of encryption.
Explicitly state that participation in a key management
infrastructure is voluntary .
Set forth legal conditions for the release of recovery
information to law enforcement officials pursuant to lawful
authority and provide liability protection for key recovery
agents who have properly released such information.
Criminalize the misuse of keys and the use of encryption to
further a crime.
Offer, on a voluntary basis, firms that are in the business of
providing public cryptography keys the opportunity to obtain
government recognition, allowing them to market the
trustworthiness implied by government approval.
Leads to the testimony of NSA's Cowell and Justice's Litt would
Representative Weldon remarked at length about encryption and
defense matters on September 4, supporting the administration's