Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Sep 2010 08:09 UTC
Internet & Networking "Federal law enforcement and national security officials are preparing to seek sweeping new regulations for the Internet, arguing that their ability to wiretap criminal and terrorism suspects is 'going dark' as people increasingly communicate online instead of by telephone. Essentially, officials want Congress to require all services that enable communications - including encrypted e-mail transmitters like BlackBerry, social networking Web sites like Facebook and software that allows direct 'peer to peer' messaging like Skype - to be technically capable of complying if served with a wiretap order. The mandate would include being able to intercept and unscramble encrypted messages." I could quote Benjamin Franklin again - but I'm starting to suspect that our politicians (this isn't just a US thing, it happens all over the world) have no respect for the wise men and women who fought for the principles we are now trying to shove upon the rest of the world. How can the west push freedom and liberty around the world while at the same time taking them away at home?
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RE[2]: Encrypting illegal
by dragos.pop on Tue 28th Sep 2010 13:51 UTC in reply to "RE: Encrypting illegal"
dragos.pop
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2010-01-08

"...exporting strong cryptography was illegal in the US. Don't know whether I'm right or whether that still holds, my memories are quite blurred now. Hasn't a certain version (6? 7?) of IE
offered different bit lengths depending on whether it was the US version or the European one?"


It was modified, now it is much easier to export software with strong encryption.
But anyway the algorithms are public. They can be implemented anywhere in the world (Opera and Firefox had strong encryption long before IE).

Freedom of speech was used to demonstrate that the source code can be exported (no one is allowed to stop me from saying what I want in any form I want, this includes source code in electronic form).

This relaxed the export conditions: see
http://www.bis.doc.gov/encryption/flowchart1.pdf, http://www.bis.doc.gov/encryption/decision_tree.pdf and http://www.bis.doc.gov/encryption/question2.htm
short version: open source and private sector end-users software does is not restricted any more.
Military apps or hardware is still restricted from export.

But anyway if I want to chat on an encrypted channel the US can do nothing, since I can build my own encryption protocol over the existing ones, and the chat provider can do nothing about it. I do have to use my own program though (or something like this: http://kde-apps.org/content/show.php/Kopete+OTR+Plugin?content=5500...).

Edited 2010-09-28 13:58 UTC

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