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[FYI] (Fwd) House commerce committee votes to ban radio-decryption g

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Date sent:      	Wed, 17 May 2000 22:14:53 -0400
To:             	cryptography@c2.net
From:           	Declan McCullagh <declan@well.com>
Subject:        	House commerce committee votes to ban radio-decryption gear


House Reps Ban Wireless Decoding
by Declan McCullagh (declan@wired.com)

3:30 p.m. May. 17, 2000 PDT
WASHINGTON -- Americans may no longer buy radio receivers that decode
PCS cellular or pager transmissions, a House panel said Wednesday.

The House Commerce Committee also voted to make it a crime to sell
electronic gadgets that can "decode encrypted radio transmissions for
the purposes of unauthorized interception."

The criminal penalties, which were attached to a tax harmonization
bill, expand existing law, which already bans the sale of devices that
can intercept analog cellular conversations.


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