A number of major vendors are backing a compromise solution to the ongoing problem of US governmnet restrictions on the export of encryption technology.
The scheme, backed by companies including Cisco, Sun, HP, Microsoft and Novell, would allow governments to eavesdrop at the point of sending and receiving communications via the router, but data would be fully encrypted in transit.
Government officials will look at the scheme over the next few weeks. Even the idea's advocates admit it is not perfect but hope it may advance the debate towards some possible solutions.
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