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From: 100736.3602@CompuServe.COM (K. N. Cukier)
Message-ID: <970327135147_100736.3602_EHV91-1@CompuServe.COM>
Date: Thu, 27 Mar 1997 13:51:47 GMT
Newsgroups: mailinglist.fight-censorship
Subject: OECD adopts crypto guidelines


The OECD today formally adopted the Guidelines for Cryptography Policy. The
report calls for market-driven policies, the right to privacy of users, and the
need for interoperability and international coordination. 

Oh, and there's also a small point about national policies allowing for lawful
access to plaintext and cryptographic keys....

Curiously enough, the press release states the fallout from the report best: "In
the future, the Guidelines could form a basis for agreements on specific issues
related to international cryptography policy."

For the OECD, it's a milestone. But its implication for users is still very much
in doubt. What seems sure, however, is that the privacy advocates on the OECD
committee of experts deserve credit for ensuring that the users' voice was
heard.

--KNC

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