Förderverein Informationstechnik und Gesellschaft

U.S. Crypto Debate

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 From...

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.