[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

[FYI] (Fwd) White House to announce encryption policy change on Mond

------- Forwarded message follows -------
Date sent:      	Fri, 14 Jul 2000 18:15:02 -0400
To:             	cryptography@c2.net, cypherpunks@cyberpass.net
From:           	Declan McCullagh <declan@well.com>
Subject:        	White House to announce encryption policy change on Monday?

White House chief of staff John Podesta will be talking about
encryption policy at 10 am at the National Press Club on Monday.

According to a White House source, the topic will be the "need to
address public safety and law enforcement needs." The White House also
said Podesta will talk about updating "laws and practices in the face
of changing technology, while protecting privacy and civil liberties."

Keep in mind that Podesta is a very smart fellow, and shepherded
through the latest encryption policy change, announced on September
16, 1999 at the White House press conference he attended. He's shown
up at meetings of the President's Export Council encryption
subcommittee, and co-chaired a high-level interagency group on the

I don't know the content of his remarks. But when folks start talking
about the need to protect public safety and update laws to reflect
changing technology, I'm not sure if I'm terribly optimistic.


------- End of forwarded message -------