January 9, 1997
The Administration has released regulations that continue export controls on strong encryption while shifting those controls to the Commerce Department. The new rules would permit export of moderately stronger 56-bit encryption systems - but for the next two years only, and only by companies that make "satisfactory commitments" to develop and market "key recovery" products. The rules also provide a first look at detailed new regulations and criteria for government-approved exportable key recovery systems. The new rules take effect immediately; however, comments on the new Commerce Department regulations may be submitted to the Department until February 13.