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The following are links to major stories on encryption from The Washington Post and LEGI-SLATE News Service. The most recent stories are listed first.

U.S. to Relax Encryption Limits
September 17, 1998
The U.S. government plans to loosen restrictions on data-scrambling technologies that U.S. companies can sell to overseas customers involved in medicine, finance and electronic commerce.

Harry and Louise Have a New Worry: Encryption
July 28, 1998
They helped kill President Clinton's plans to overhaul the nation's health care system. Now Harry and Louise, that anxious couple, are back fretting about the administration's encryption rules.

One High-End PC Cracks Data-Scrambling System
July 18, 1998
One of the most common systems for scrambling sensitive digital data has been defeated in a 56-hour attack by a custom-built computer costing just $250,000.

Breakthrough Possible in Battle Over Encryption
July 12, 1998
A coalition of high-tech companies has a plan, dubbed the "private doorbell," that it hopes will persuade the U.S. government to dramatically loosen export restrictions on sophisticated data-scrambling technology.

Administration Official Defends Export Policy
April 24, 1998
William Reinsch, undersecretary for export administration in the Commerce Department, defended current export policies for encryption, although he admitted that the policies have been poorly implemented.

Sec. Daley Enthusiastic About Information Technology
April 15, 1998
Commerce Secretary William Daley hailed the information technology industry that now generates a quarter of national economic growth but warned of issues that threaten U.S. dominance in global markets.

U.S. Law Enforcement Wants Keys to High-Tech Cover
March 30, 1998
The FBI wants the capability to conduct court-authorized electronic surveillance built into every telecommunications and computing system. Business leaders say that could prove expensive, technically difficult and damaging to international competitiveness.

U.S. Software Company Poses Challenge to Encryption Curbs
March 21, 1998
A Dutch subsidiary is allowing its U.S. parent to sidestep U.S. restrictions prohibiting the export of powerful encryption technology.

Privacy Advocates Dominate Hearing
March 17, 1998
The debate over whether to allow Americans to use strong encryption technology without a built-in "backdoor" for police access continues to rage on Capitol Hill.

Freeh Seeks Encryption Decoding Key
September 4, 1997
FBI Director Louis Freeh told a Senate subcommittee that data-scrambling software sold in the United States should be required to have a feature that would allow law enforcement agencies to decode many scrambled messages.

Encryption: Who Will Hold the Key? Two Bills Reflect the Split Over Restrictions
August 4, 1997
Area software companies and government agencies whose stock in trade is the ones and zeroes of data scrambling have their eyes trained on Capitol Hill.

Online Civil Liberties Groups Plant Seeds for Grassroots Encryption Debate
July 29, 1997
A national campaign launched by online civil liberties groups is encouraging anyone with an interest in promoting the use and export of strong encryption technology to contact members of Congress.

House Committee Approves Bill to Relax Curbs on Encryption
May 15, 1997
The House Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would loosen the government's control of encryption technology.

U.S. Wants Access to 'Keys' for Encrypted Messages
March 27, 1997
The Clinton administration is circulating a proposal on Capitol Hill designed to ensure that the government can read data and messages that have been scrambled.

Encryption Software Curbs Ruled Unconstitutional
December 19, 1996
A federal judge struck down Clinton administration restrictions on the export of some forms of data-scrambling software, calling them a violation of free-speech rights.

Software Firms Call U.S. Plan on Encryption 'Unworkable'
December 11, 1996
An industry-government deal over new regulations for the export of advanced data-scrambling technology has come under heavy strain.

U.S. to Ease Encryption Restrictions
October 1, 1996
The Clinton administration is cutting off an emotional four-year-old debate over the export of information-scrambling technology with a plan that it says will help U.S. companies boost sales overseas and still allow law enforcement agencies to unscramble messages.

Scrambling for a Policy on Encryption Export
February 25, 1996
Once considered an arcane subspecialty of mathematicians and espionage, cryptography is rapidly becoming big business. But law enforcement agencies want to be able to legally eavesdrop.

Chipping Away at a Fundamental Freedom?
March 2, 1994
The hottest debate today about America's technology future is not technical. It boils down to this: Is it more important to protect society from the bad guys or to protect the privacy rights of all citizens – including those of the bad guys?

© Copyright 1998 The Washington Post Company

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