A US senator is taking up the fight again to relax controls on American encryption exports.
Senator Conrad Burns, who has on two occasions tried without success to introduce the "Promotion of Commerce Online in the Digital Era Act", said yesterday that he would promote new legislation on the matter.
The act aims to allow US companies to sell products overseas with stronger encryption than is currently allowed under existing laws. Burns said he wants to have a bill passed by next Autumn.
The senator also met with security experts Secure Computing Corporation, to discuss ways of working together to promote stronger encryption levels.
The company demonstrated some of the leading security technology available to the senator and discussed ways that private industry and the US federal government could work together on the cause.
Burns commented: ?The Administration?s current position on turning back the tide on technology and privacy as the policy tool of choice must be changed,? he said, responding to a question on the recently announced Wassenaar Agreement, which looks to tighten encryption exports of economically significant trading countries.
?We need to strike a balance between our security concerns and the common sense of Americans and American business. We could set the speed limit on our highways at 10 miles an hour and eliminate all traffic related fatalities, but the inconvenience to people?s lives would be unacceptable," he said.
"Well, these trade restrictions are just as unacceptable and just as devoid as good old common sense,? he concluded.
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