CrossNodes Product Briefing: Encryption Software - Page 2
Up until a year ago, encryption technology was at a crossroads. U.S. Government regulations limited encryption developers that wanted to export their product, to keys that were 40-bits or smaller unless they had a special permit. This effectively precluded U.S. vendors from competing in international markets. As a result, other countries had created their own encryption methods, and a worldwide standard did not exist. This obviously hurt the growth of a global market, especially in areas like the Internet.
As Congress and the encryption industry debated changes to the U.S. regulations and advances in encryption implementation, federal law enforcement agencies had requested a law to require users to register all keys used in encryption.
In July of 2000, the Clinton administration updated its policies to allow U.S. companies to export encryption products to the 15 members of the European Union (EU) and other European and Pacific Rim allies without a license. Exporters no longer had to undergo a 30-day technical review for shipments to these countries. That coincided with regulations adopted by the EU that eased encryption experts to the same countries.
For additional information on encryption products read Crossnodes Briefing: Encryption, or try the following keywords in your web searches:
- digital signature
- digital certificate
- data security
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