[ISN] India Warns Against U.S. Security Software

From: mea culpa (jerichoat_private)
Date: Sat Jan 16 1999 - 18:16:10 PST

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    Originally From: Dan Todd <dantoddat_private>
    India Warns Against U.S. Security Software
    (01/14/99, 8:31 p.m. ET)
    By Malcolm Maclachlan, TechWeb
    Internet privacy advocates have said for years that limits on encryption
    exports could cripple the U.S. software industry, and now the Indian
    government has agreed with them.
    In a statement that has gone mostly unnoticed in the United States, the
    Indian Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) on Monday
    issued a "red alert" warning against all U.S.-made network-security
    In a letter to the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), an Indian
    intelligence agency, the DRDO cited the limits the U.S. government places
    on encryption exports as the reason for the alert. The U.S. National
    Security Agency limits most exported products to relatively weak 64-bit
    "To put it bluntly, only insecure software can be exported," the DRDO
    letter states. "When various multinational companies go around peddling
    'secure communication software' products to gullible Indian customers,
    they conveniently neglect to mention this aspect of U.S. export law."
    More at:  http://www.techweb.com/wire/story/TWB19990114S0018
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