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[FYI] U.S. Crypto Debate


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                  Advocates square off in U.S.
                  encryption policy debate 

                  May 24, 1999
                  Web posted at: 3:04 p.m. EDT (1904 GMT)

                  by Margret Johnston 

                  WASHINGTON (IDG) -- The battle over U.S. encryption
                  policy raged here again last week at a conference
                  where outspoken privacy protection advocates were
                  pitted against a U.S. Department of Justice lawyer
                  who defended current restrictions on the export of
                  strong encryption as an absolutely essential
                  component of law enforcement. 

                  If the FBI and other U.S. law enforcement agencies
                  lose the ability to break into the computer systems
                  of criminal suspects, they will have to operate
                  without one of their most effective tools, said
                  Philip R. Reitinger, senior counsel of the computer
                  crime and intellectual property section in the
                  Justice Department. 


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