Toward a National Encryption Strategy
NATIONAL WAR COLL WASHINGTON DC
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The Clinton Administration has articulated at least three potential policies in the past six years attempting to define appropriate limits and controls on the sale and use of encryption products by business and individuals outside of government itself1 Additionally, the Congress has taken up the issue of encryption technology control with several bills one remains in the House and two remain in the Senate during the 1997 session alone As this is being written, a current administration policy has lost a defining case in Federal District Court2, one liberalizing bill in the House is foundering in committee, one in the Senate is stopped dead, and a consortium of business and private interests is launching attacks on many fronts against both the executive and legislative branches efforts to define policy and law Additionally, the Presidential Committee for Critical Infrastructure Protection PCCIP has endorsed the concept of key escrow in its November 1997 report chapter 1 This, however, directly contradicts the conclusions of several government reports, i e, the National Research Council May 1996, the Office of Technology Assessment January 1994, and the GAO March 1995 and gives credibility to the idea that the administration has no coherent basis for establishing policy.
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