PGP, Encryption and Law(s)

Discussion in 'privacy general' started by crockett, Jul 25, 2002.

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  1. crockett

    crockett Registered Member

    Jul 15, 2002

    Can anyone give precisions on the topic of encryption and law, say in Europe and USA, present day ?

    Which lengths of key are allowed for private (non-commercial) use ?

    For example, I think that France allows individual users to utilize keys which are 128 bits-long maximum. Does this mean that PGP users are not allowed to use public keys since the length of such a PGP key may vary from 1024 to 2048 and beyond ? Or does this restriction only applies to Symetric Cryptography ?

    How about UK, where the state seems to put such an emphasis on monitoring the Web ? Is encryption allowed overthere ? On which terms ?

    Is Europe on its way to adopt a common position on this topic ? Is it good or bad news for surfers ?

    Thanks, Crockett :)
  2. Checkout

    Checkout Security Rhinoceros

    Feb 11, 2002
    Good questions. I'm not aware of any encryption restrictions in the UK, but I wouldn't be surprised. I hope someone with more actual knowledge than me comes along!
  3. bubs

    bubs Registered Member

    Apr 28, 2002
    Suffolk, England
    Encryption used to be illegal in France - the link says that the law changed in 1990, I haven't waded thru the detail: (in French). You may find the answers you seek there. There are other links at

    Euro 'harmonisation' - none as yet.

    Crypto is illegal in China (what a surprise!)

    No restrictions in the UK.

    The Gnu Privacy Guard (GPG) is now at the van of the development of what is now called OpenPGP, so you may find some useful links if you do a google search on 'Gnu Privacy Guard'.

    I thought I'd found a link which answered your question directly - but its dead...... Sorry! :oops:

    Let us know what you find!
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