europe v. US in crypto ( Re: [ILUG] dvd/cca and free software...)
jm at jmason.org
Tue Feb 1 11:51:56 GMT 2000
> Europe as a whole has tended to be more conserative than the US in many
> respects. This is clear in the technology front (other than adopting
> some better protocols, gsm...). This conserativeness leads to a slower
> adopting of newer technologies and products used in mainstream industry.
> That said, it can be that the european is more liberal and flexible
> than the US (re crypto).
You might want to take a look at what happened with the Wassenaar
arrangement before stating that. In a nutshell, Ireland (and many other
countries) had perfectly open export regulations; the US globalised their
own rules (in the form of Wassenaar) as part of a world-wide trade deal;
now to export crypto from Ireland you need an export license.
And now the US has less restrictive crypto export rules than Ireland does
(although AFAIK it's easy enough to get a license granted here, once all
the paperwork is done).
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