More recent news on Canadian Crypto Policy Framework

On March 31, 1998, leaders of Canada's cryptography industry and privacy advocates met in Ottawa to discuss and suggest an encryption plan for Canada. As always, crypto policy debate stirs up much opinion. A story prompted by the meeting can be found in Wired News at Also, a press release on the topic was issued by Electronic Frontier Canada, which can be found at the URL

The current (March '98) IFIP newsletter contains a proposed policy on cryptography by TC11. The policy statement is prefaced by a statement of the importance of cryptographic mechanisms in the Global Information Infrastructure and an acknowledgement of the varied and sometimes conflicting needs at play in determining crypto policy. The whole issue of the newsletter is available at:

There was also a US Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on encryption discussing primarily domestic controls on March 17. Testimony of two who spoke can be found at Also there can be found testimony by FBI director Louis Freeh before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on January 28 concerning cryptographic based threats to US national security.

US congressional representatives Eshoo (D-California) and Tauzin (R-Lousiana) have introduced the bill HR2991. Among other things, this bill reguires federal agencies to make available to the public forms that can be submitted electronically and digitally signed.

The NSA has prepared a report presenting potential threats to cryptographic systems when key-recovery has been employed. The report simply details a number of potential attacks. But, it is sure to affect the debate between encryption rights advocates and proponents of key recovery, such as the FBI. A version of the report, explicitly labelled ``not an official NSA document'' is available from Federal Computer Week. The report and related stories can be found under the URL

Also, see the references below to postings of a recent crypto policy survey, and the reference above to the IEEE CS survey currently being conducted.