Government Encryption Policy Trends
- ID: 28993
- March 2003
- 9 pages
US Government encryption policy has been a contentious issue over the past few years. Continued innovation in both telecommunications and information technology presents a complex set of policy problems that challenge uniform policy decisions. The United States cryptography export rules where somewhat relaxed in January 2000, particularly as they related to the source code of free software applications. Individuals are now permitted to make open-source cryptography source code available on the Internet, provided they furnish the Commerce Department with the URL where the source code in question can be accessed.