Clinton: Relax crypto export controls

    Date10 Jan 2001
    CategoryCryptography
    3264
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    The Clinton administration on Wednesday proposed further easing of encryption exports and expanding of the regions where U.S. companies can ship powerful computers without restrictions. In a move that could be its final action regarding encryption, the Clinton administration acknowledged that . . . The Clinton administration on Wednesday proposed further easing of encryption exports and expanding of the regions where U.S. companies can ship powerful computers without restrictions. In a move that could be its final action regarding encryption, the Clinton administration acknowledged that it can't control security using hardware-based measures, because even the most innocuous home PCs can be strung together to form a powerful computing system. The Department of Defense, which has been working with the White House on the issue, agreed.

    In effect, the proposals, if approved by Congress, would mean that companies could ship systems containing the equivalent of 32 linked Pentium IIIs to all but the most renegade countries without restrictions. Clinton officials said they hoped the Bush administration would study the proposals and encourage their adoption.

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