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Crypto Ruling and Mozilla

Friday May 7th, 1999

With the latest ruling against crypto-export laws, some of you have been wondering how this applies to Mozilla (if at all). Well, we're not sure, but I bet there are a few developers that would be willing to enlighten us on this subject. If any of you know more about how this ruling affects Mozilla, please respond in the talkback to this item...


#15 Re:Crypto Ruling and Mozilla

by Hip Priest

Saturday May 8th, 1999 9:26 AM

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The law exists to prevent the widespread distribution and use of cryptography. Cryptography is already available everywhere in the world, and the government knows this, so the export restriction is not really to restrict exports. It is simply a way to restrict widespread adoption of common encryption standards because you can't just put crypto code on an ftp site or cvs server and have everyone work on it and use it.

We need to make every packet of internet traffic be strongly encrypted, for _every_ internet user, without any complicated setup procedure. Encrypted communication should be taken for granted, even by non-technical users. If the people take private communication for granted, it will be as hard to ban it as it would be to ban television sets, for example.