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New french law (crypto)

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Date: Mon, 23 Sep 1996 13:10:36 -0400
From: Christian Huitema <huitema@bellcore.com>
To: ipng@sunroof.Eng.Sun.COM
Subject: (IPng 2137) Re: availability of PF_KEY

$ I do not understand.  Will the new law be less difficult for French
users of
$ cryptography or more difficult for French users of cryptography ?

The new law is probably less difficult, albeit the fine print is hard to
assess. In the previous law, authentication was OK but requested
declaration, while encryption requested a hard-to-get authorisation. With
the new law, authentication is basically deregulated and encryption is OK
.... provided you escrow the key. How key escrow works in conjunction with
Diffie-Hellmann is left as an exercize for the reader.

Christian Huitema
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