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i've just started playing with GnuPG and came across a reference that said certain 'levels' of encryption are illegal in some countries. i've tried Googling for the UK laws surrounding ...
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- 02-17-2005 #1
Legality of Encryption...
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- 02-17-2005 #2
ok, I'm the satiric anti democratic mindset atm :P
Without really knowing I think this is the case:
iirc the Land of the American Dream (tm)(r)(OrSomething) got restrictions on the encryption algorithms, ie if you send an email with sources for an encryption scheme stronger than X bits you might get an "offer you cant resist" from the feds/cia/nsa or one of the other lesser know security agencies.
I don't think other contries got these kinds of restrictions, but I guess all this Terrorism and CTL's (Counter Terrorist Laws, hmm... wonder if it's worth making a CS spook, CL (Counter Law) :P ) might have made more countries all of a sudden realize that encryption isn't something their own security agencies have monopoly on.
It might be that only some contries are infected with this code-ban/code-freze (eg "the axes of terrorism", "non democratic thingies with non democratic religion"[irony,sarcasm and a pinch of exaduration, see page 42 in "the Satirists Coobok, 3rd edition"]), so eg, I could imagine "allies" maybe have the code, foe's not...Regards Scienitca (registered user #335819 - http://counter.li.org )
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