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Re: lynx-dev Re: [CHRPM]

From: David Woolley
Subject: Re: lynx-dev Re: [CHRPM]
Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2002 16:59:52 +0000 (GMT)

> is this still the case?  if so, at least one such country should be named;

The USA used to be the country from which you couldn't export it, although
I think the situation is now that there is conditional permission - you
need to register it with the US authorities.  Actually, the US is a country
from which you cannot export it, with respect to countries like Iraq, and
about half a dozen others.  US citizens trying to export need to take
reasonable measures to ensure that the people to whom they distribute
do not re-distribute to those countries.

France used to be the Western country where you couldn't use encryption;
I'm not sure of the current situation.

However, it is likely that there are a dozen or more countries where
encryption by citizens is strictly controlled.  They tend to be countries
where this sort of information is not advertised strongly to the West,
and where it might even be considered subversive for citizens to 
communicate the existence of such laws, as that might be considered
challenging their existence.  That sort of country, if they
have any signicant military developments, is also likely to ban the
export of encryption technology.

> if not, the last two lines should be dropped.

I would say it was unsafe to drop this warning, even though it may be difficult
to get positive information.

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