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Short: Encryption proposal too strong?

The Clinton administration is expected to announce a proposal within the next few days for controlling the international sale and use of U.S. encryption software. The controversial policy is designed to protect national security by limiting the export of hard-to-break codes such as codes to protect email, credit card numbers, and company files, as reported by Bloomberg. Netscape's CEO James Barksdale said that the proposal is too restrictive if it includes limits on the strength of encryption allowed for export.

The Clinton administration is expected to announce a proposal within the next few days for controlling the international sale and use of U.S. encryption software. The controversial policy is designed to protect national security by limiting the export of hard-to-break codes such as codes to protect email, credit card numbers, and company files, as reported by Bloomberg. Netscape's CEO James Barksdale said that the proposal is too restrictive if it includes limits on the strength of encryption allowed for export.