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Short Take: Kerrey to push new crypto bill

Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-Nebraska) will soon introduce the Secure Public Network Act, which would slightly relax encryption exports but give law enforcement more power than other crypto bills such as SAFE and Pro-Code that are currently working their way through Congress. Kerrey's effort requires all encrypted communications be accessible through a key-escrow system, which allows government agencies to read protected data with proper authorization.

Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-Nebraska) will soon introduce the Secure Public Network Act, which would slightly relax encryption exports but give law enforcement more power than other crypto bills such as SAFE and Pro-Code that are currently working their way through Congress. Kerrey's effort requires all encrypted communications be accessible through a key-escrow system, which allows government agencies to read protected data with proper authorization.