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[FYI] (Fwd) FC: Response to the Maginot Line of Encryption Falls

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Date:          Wed, 20 Jan 1999 08:08:21 -0500
To:            politech@vorlon.mit.edu
From:          Declan McCullagh <declan@well.com>
Subject:       FC: Response to the Maginot Line of Encryption Falls
Reply-to:      declan@well.com

>Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 00:08:03 -0500
>To: declan@well.com
>From: Marc Rotenberg <rotenberg@epic.org>
>Subject: Re: FC: The Maginot Line of Encryption Falls
>It is worth noting that the change in French crypto policy
>came about in large measure because of pressure from EU
>officials in Brussels. The French policy stood as a
>significant barrier to the promotion of electronic commerce
>within the European Union.  Germany,in particular, had made
>clear its view that the French policy on encryption was
>simply incompatible with the requirements of an integrated
>European economy.
>Interestingly, the US had tried to leverage the French TTP
>law to establish support among other European countries
>for key escrow/key recovery. But apart from the long-time
>intelligence allies in the UK, there were no takers. In
>1996-97, Stewart Baker was one of those who thought it
>might still be possible for a US-UK-French collaboration
>to force a key recovery solution. But thankfully that
>failed, and even the recently revised Wassenaar rules
>seem unlikely to have any significant impact on the
>development of crypto in Europe.
>Marc Rotenberg

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