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Research, Analysis, and Background
Risks of Key Recovery Report. A ground breaking study by 11 of the
world's leading cryptographers. The report concludes that key escrow or key
recovery systems designed to meet law enforcement specifications would be
extraordinarily expensive and could undermine security and privacy.
- Reconciling National and Economic Security Interests in Cryptography
Policy by the Economic Strategy Institute (ESI). "While policymakers, in response to markets, have tried making
incremental modifications to U.S. encryption policy, it is now clear
that the markets have undergone such radical change that a serious
review of U.S. policy is necessary. In addressing that need, this study
by the Economic Strategy Institute (ESI) documents how current and
proposed policies fail to deliver comprehensive national security
protection and, at the same time, significantly harm U.S. commercial
- Minimal Key Lengths: A Cryptographers Report. A report
by leading cryptographers and computer security experts, this study
revealed that the current 40 and 56 bit encryption export limits are not
sufficient to protect privacy and secure electronic commerce on the global
- The Global Internet Liberty Campaign International Survey of
Encryption Policy. This survey shows that most countries in the world
do not have encryption export or domestic use controls on encryption.
- Cryptography's Role in Securing the Information Society (CRISIS)
A landmark 1996 report by the National Research Council, which was ordered
by Congress to examine the state of US encryption policy. The report
cautions against the large scale deployment of key escrow or key recovery
systems and questions current US policy limiting the export of strong
encryption. Instead, the NRC recommends that market forces, not government
regulation, should drive US encryption policy.
International Encryption Policy Resources