US Export Control Laws on Encryption Ruled Unconstitutional

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the federal government's restrictions on encryption are unconstitutional, affirming a lower court's ruling that export control over cryptographic "software and related devices and technology are in violation of the First Amendment on the grounds of prior restraint." "The Court understood the...

Department of Justice Statement on Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Decision in Encryption Case

On May 6, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco issued a decision in a case involving government controls on encryption exports. The Department of Commerce and the Department of Justice are currently reviewing the Ninth Circuit's decision in Daniel...

Statement of Rep. Anna Eshoo on Bernstein vs. the Justice Department Ruling

"I'm pleased the federal appeals court has affirmed Federal District Court Judge Marilyn Patel's original decision that in the name of national defense, the U.S. government should not restrict the very liberties it is supposed to be defending. This decision demonstrates the judicial branch's understanding of the encryption debate. Now...

Crypto Export Restrictions Are Unconstitutional

The Federal District Court here struck down Commerce Department export restrictions on the privacy technology called encryption yesterday, concluding that "the encryption regulations are an unconstitutional prior restraint in violation of the First Amendment." For the first time, Judge Marilyn Hall Patel ordered the government not to prosecute or harass...

Justice Department Still Reviewing District Court Decision on Export Controls on Encryption Software

The Justice Department said today it is considering what further legal measures it will take following yesterday's ruling by the U.S. District Court in San Francisco that certain aspects of the government's regulations on the export of encryption software are unconstitutional. Another federal court upheld the export controls on encryption...

Professor Asks for Constitutional Review of New Encryption Regs

Electronic Frontier Foundation Contacts: Shari Steele, Staff Attorney +1 301 375 8856, ssteele@eff.org John Gilmore, Founding Board Member +1 415 221 6524, gnu@toad.com Cindy Cohn, McGlashan & Sarrail +1 415 341 2585, cindy@mcglashan.com San Francisco - Laywers for Professor Dan Bernstein today asked the Government to delay enforcement of new...

Court Declares Crypto Restrictions Unconstitutional

Electronic Frontier Foundation Contacts: Shari Steele, Staff Attorney 301/375-8856, ssteele@eff.org John Gilmore, Founding Board Member 415/221-6524, gnu@toad.com Cindy Cohn, McGlashan & Sarrail 415/341-2585, cindy@mcglashan.com San Francisco - On Monday, Judge Marilyn Hall Patel struck down Cold War export restrictions on the privacy technology called cryptography. Her decision knocks out a...

Plaintiff Seeks Summary Judgment in Cleveland Case Challenging Licensing of "Exports" of Cryptographic Information

Government Argues That Law Professor Cannot Challenge Regulation Requiring Him to Get Permission Before Teaching and Publishing Because He Did Not Apply for That Permission Oral Argument in Junger v. Christopher Set for Wednesday, November 20 Cleveland, Ohio, Tuesday, October 1, 1996 For Immediate Release For More Information Contact: Raymond...

Judge Patel to Decide if Government Restrictions on Cryptography Violate the First Amendment

Electronic Frontier Foundation Contacts: Shari Steele, Staff Counsel 301/375-8856, ssteele@eff.org John Gilmore, Founding Board Member 415/221-6524, gnu@toad.com Cindy Cohn, McGlashan & Sarrail 415/341-2585, cindy@mcglashan.com San Francisco, CA -- On Friday, September 20, 1996, Judge Marilyn Hall Patel will hold hearings in a case with far-reaching implications for personal privacy, U.S...

Law Professor Sues Federal Government Over Computer Privacy Issues

For Immediate Release Cleveland, Wednesday, August 7, 1996 For More Information Contact: Raymond Vasvari (216) 522-1925 Gino Scarselli (216) 291-8601 More Information Will Be Available at: URL: http://samsara.law.cwru.edu _________________________________________________________________ A Case Western Reserve University law professor filed suit today in federal court, challenging government regulations which restrict his ability to...

Bernstein Files for Partial Summary Judgment in Crypto Case

July 26, 1996 Electronic Frontier Foundation Contacts: Shari Steele, Staff Counsel 301/375-8856, ssteele@eff.org Mike Godwin, Staff Counsel 510/548-3290, mnemonic@eff.org Lori Fena, Executive Director 415/436-9333, lori@eff.org San Francisco, CA -- A University of Illinois at Chicago faculty member who is suing the U.S. Department of State will file a motion...

Federal Court Denies Government's Motion to Dismiss Bernstein Case, Acknowledges Source Code as Speech

April 17, 1996 Electronic Frontier Foundation Contacts: Shari Steele, Staff Counsel 301/375-8856, ssteele@eff.org Lori Fena, Executive Director 415/436-9333, lori@eff.org Denying the government's motion for dismissal in mathematician Daniel Bernstein's suit against the State Department, Judge Marilyn Hall Patel in the Northern District of California ruled Monday that source code in...

Letter to 60 Minutes

60 Minutes CBS News 555 West 57th Street New York, NY 10019 Dear 60 Minutes, Your February 26 story on computer security missed the most important point -- the United States Government requires network providers to keep their systems easily exploited. Encryption would enable companies to thwart unwanted intrusion by...

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