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1.5. Is encryption legal?




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This article is from the PGP FAQ, by Jeff Licquia jalicqui@prairienet.org with numerous contributions by others.

1.5. Is encryption legal?

In much of the civilized world, encryption is either legal, or at
least tolerated. However, there are a some countries where such
activities could put you in front of a firing squad! Check with the
laws in your own country before using PGP or any other encryption
product. A couple of the countries where encryption is illegal are
France, Iran, and Iraq.

*** NEWS FLASH ***

On April 3, 1995, Boris Yeltsin issued a decree formally banning
encryption with methods not approved by the state. This would,
presumably, include PGP. Thus, Russia must be added to the short list
above.

*** END NEWS FLASH ***

The legal status of encryption in many countries has been placed on
the World Wide Web. You can access it from:

http://web.cnam.fr/Network/Crypto/

 

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