Re: unusual startup messages

Alan Brown (
5 Nov 1996 03:21:36 +1300

In article <>,

>> It's absolutely right though, that according to the ammunition law of the US,
>> the im- and export of DES encryption software, or DES encrypted data is
>> illegal, unless you have a good reason and a permit to do so.

This has been pretty thoroughly thrashed out in many newsgroups and
mailing lists.

Export of encryption technology from the US is subject to various brain
dead laws dating from Cold War days.

IMPORT of encryption technology is totally uncontrolled - and is the
reason PGP was "recreated" in Japan recently by a RSA subsidiary - that
way they can sell it into any country on the planet and don't face any
restrictions on it, nor is reimportation into the USA subject to any
restrictions - the best of all worlds.


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