[ISN] US Crypto Software Bid Ends in Failure

From: mea culpa (jerichoat_private)
Date: Wed Jun 17 1998 - 17:18:16 PDT

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    Forwarded From: Nicholas Charles Brawn <ncb05at_private>
    The meeting between the FBI and leading US computer executives on
    government encryption policies has ended in failure (see Electronics
    Weekly, June 10).
    Attorney General Janet Reno and FBI director Louis Freeh met with the CEOs
    of Microsoft, Novell, Sun Microsystems, Netscape Communications, America
    Online and others.
    The purpose was to explore whether a compromise could be reached on how
    encryption technologies are treated by the US government.
    The FBI and the Clinton administration want to the computer industry to
    gives it access to encryption keys, through a 'key escrow' plan, so that it
    can monitor encrypted messages.
    The government also wants strict controls on encryption exports. The US
    computer industry argues that these policies are costing US firms billions
    of dollars in lost sales overseas.
    The Business Software Alliance issued a study claiming that the FBI's key
    escrow demands will cost at least $7.7bn a year. 
    ELECTRONICS WEEKLY 17/06/98 P12 
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