This article is from the Where to get the latest PGP FAQ, by Michael Paul Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
Philip Zimmermann was under investigation for alleged violation of
export regulations, with a grand jury hearing evidence for about 28
months, ending 11 January 1996. The Federal Government chose not to
comment on why it decided to not prosecute, nor is it likely to. The
Commerce Secretary stated that he would seek relaxed export controls for
cryptographic products, since studies show that U. S. industry is being
harmed by current regulations. Philip endured some serious threats to
his livelihood and freedom, as well as some very real legal expenses,
for the sake of your right to electronic privacy.