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Research, Analysis, and Background

  • The 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 interests."

  • 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 Internet.

  • 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.

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