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Re: Web TV with 128b exported


In <[email protected]>, on 10/06/98 
   at 11:08 AM, David Honig <[email protected]> said:


>MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft Corp.'s (Nasdaq:
>MSFT - news) WebTV Networks today announced it is the first U.S. company
>to obtain government approval to export nonkey recovery-based
>128-bit-strength encryption for general commercial use. WebTV Networks
>pioneered low-cost access to the Internet, e-mail, financial services and
>electronic shopping through a television set and a standard phone line. 

>The WebTV(TM) Network service, combined with the WebTV-based Internet
>terminals and receivers, is the first communications system permitted by
>the U.S. government to provide strong encryption for general use by
>non-U.S. citizens in Japan and the United Kingdom. Such strong encryption
>allows Japanese and United Kingdom subscribers of WebTV to communicate
>through the WebTV Network (both within national borders and
>internationally) without fear of interception by unauthorized parties. 

I have my doubts on this. I find it highly unlikely that the FEDs would
approve this without some form of GAK built in even if it is not in the
form of "key recovery".

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