Cyberspace Electronic Security Act
Posted on 17 Aug 1999
by Wolfgang Bromberger (wolf)
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Encryption technology, according to the draft, is "an important toolfor protecting the privacy of legitimate communications and stored data" but also has been used "to facilitate and hide unlawful activity by terrorists, drug traffickers, child pornographers and other criminals." The new bill seeks to uncover that activity by allowing law enforcement officials to obtain the keys needed to decrypt messages by applying for search warrants or court orders, much as they might do to uncover other evidence.
The administration is concerned about the use of encryptiontechnology because advances in recent years have made it extremely difficult for law enforcement officials to crack a code once they have intercepted a message.more