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US: Export Unlimited Key Lengths
>From "A National Security Strategy for a New Century,"
issued by the White House on January 5:
Encryption is an example of a specific technology where
careful balance is required. Export controls on encryption
must be considered as part of an overall policy that balances
several important national interests, including promoting
secure electronic commerce, protecting privacy rights,
supporting public safety and national security interests, and
maintaining U.S. industry leadership.
Over the past year, the Administration, in consultation with
industry and privacy groups, conducted a review of its encryption
policy as well as foreign and domestic markets, and announced an
updated policy in September 1999. While continuing a balanced
approach, the new policy significantly streamlines export
controls while protecting critical national security interests.
When the new encryption export regulation is published in early
2000, U.S. companies will be afforded new opportunities to sell
their encryption products without limits on key length to global
businesses, commercial organizations and individuals. Most U.S.
mass-market software products, previously limited to 40 and 56
bit keys, will be approved for export to any end user."