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SubjectRe: Encrypted File systems implementation into the kernel?
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Followup to:  <20000206124232.H20611@alcove.wittsend.com>
By author: "Michael H. Warfield" <mhw@wittsend.com>
In newsgroup: linux.dev.kernel
> As of January 14, the US export restrictions on cryptopgraphy
> were relaxed (outside of one minor reporting irritation which does NOT
> affect Open Source Software - only commercial software). We are in a 120
> day "comment period" but the changes in the regulations themselves are in
> effect, NOW. The regulations on Open Source Software SOURCES was almost
> totally relaxed with no real restrictions on download sites and no reporting
> requirements (please note emphasis on SOURCES - binaries are still
> restricted somewhat). The policy at kernel.org has now changed to
> allow cryptography and they are in the process of making crypto available
> from their sites and mirrors. One gotcha was the loss of one or more
> mirror sites that reside in the T-7 countries (7 countries listed as
> restricted due to Terrorist activities) because the kernel.org gang do
> want to include some binaries on the sites. I know we lost at least one.
>

Actually, we're changing policy on Feb 15. Our lawyer adviced us to
give some space between filing the paperwork and letting it take
effect.

The biggest issue in the new U.S. regulations is the "foreign
government" provision. I intend to file a comment recommending that
this provision be removed, since it is inherently unworkable. This
provision prohibits someone in the U.S. from "knowingly" export to a
foreign government end-user (*any* foreign government, not just T-7.)
This is of course idiotic, since it just takes someone *else* in that
country downloading the stuff and giving to their government -- or the
government getting an ISP account making them look like someone else.
Whomever does that would be breaking U.S. law, but that's meaningless
since they're outside U.S. jurisdiction.

[N.B.: I'm not a lawyer. Thanks God.]

-hpa

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