Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd Jul 2011 21:03 UTC, submitted by fran
Linux "Lightweight Portable Security (LPS), created by USA's Department of Defense, is a small Linux live CD focusing on privacy and security, for this reason, it boots from a CD and executes from RAM, providing a web browser, a file manager and some interesing tools. LPS-Public turns an untrusted system into a trusted network client." Complete with backdoor so they can spy on all of us I'm sure!1!!
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RE: D'oh!
by Alfman on Sat 23rd Jul 2011 17:12 UTC in reply to "D'oh!"
Alfman
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2011-01-28

marcp,

"Also, IIRC, USA has some serious 'export of cryptography' issuess, which also proves it right, eh?"


This indeed was a serious problem with US government controlling encryption. It was covered under munitions laws. It resulted in the exact opposite of the intended effect. Developers were forced to do all cryptographic research and publications outside of the US.

This was obviously a stupid policy on multiple levels, but it was no doubt the result of having stupid politicians making choices without first consorting with more knowledgeable subject mater experts.

However the government has gotten the sense to relax most encryption restrictions.

(From the top of your link)

"On June 25, 2010, the Bureau of Industry and Security published amendments to the encryption provisions of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). These amendments remove many items from control as encryption items. They also reduce or eliminate review and reporting requirements for many more items that remain controlled as encryption items."

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