German legislators at the Federal Department of Business and Technology are encouraging businesses and individuals to use strong encryption, to protect privacy and guard business secrets, according to a recently released policy document. In what seems to be a direct response to the Interception Capabilities 2000 report, which uncovered commercial espionage by US agencies in Europe under the Echelon programme (see PC Week, 25 May), the German government will "actively support the distribution of secure encryption".
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