1997-07-18 - Re: Verisign gets export approval

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From: Tom Weinstein <tomw@netscape.com>
To: Bill Stewart <stewarts@ix.netcom.com>
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UTC Datetime: 1997-07-18 00:49:31 UTC
Raw Date: Fri, 18 Jul 1997 08:49:31 +0800

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From: Tom Weinstein <tomw@netscape.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 1997 08:49:31 +0800
To: Bill Stewart <stewarts@ix.netcom.com>
Subject: Re: Verisign gets export approval
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Bill Stewart wrote:
> Forwarded from PGP-USERS list:
> > First PGPInc and now VeriSign? Hmmm. Is this telling us something?
>      "VeriSign on Monday said it received permission from
>        the U.S. Department of Commerce to export 128-bit
>        strong encryption software and issue digital
>        identifications to approved organizations based on
>        that software. "
>      "Under the 128-bit scheme approved by the U.S.
>       government Monday, companies will not need to
>       place their encryption keys in escrow, or submit
>       to U.S. government key-recovery requirements in
>      order to use VeriSign's software, company officials said."

What this means is that VeriSign is now allowed to issue the "magic
banking certs" for servers that allow them to communicate with the
export version of Communicator using 128-bit SSL.

On the other hand, it's also meaningless until "approved organizations"
start getting approved.

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