Re: unusual startup messages (fwd)

Jim Nance (
Thu, 31 Oct 1996 13:59:11 -0500 (EST)

Forwarded message:

> >Export of _any_ encryption algorithm (not just DES) from the US to
> >anywhere (except Canada?) is illegal without the proper permits.
> Are you sure about this? I always understood it to be export of
> encryption technology based on keys greater than a given length
> (currently 40 bits? 56 bits?) that was illegal. Export of anything
> less than this key length is allowed.

The original poster is right. You can not export ANY encryption software
from the US without permission from the government. The 40 bit key is a
rule of thumb for something to do which will probably allow you to get
approval for export.