I don't see this ever happening. If anything the laws (if passed) will only pertain to those providing services (like RIM or AT&T, etc.). They will have a huge problem with the courts if they make the use of encryption by individuals illegal. For one, it's a 1st amendment issue and, for another, how can they prove something is actually encrypted? Random data could be random data. A PGP e-mail could just be jibberish. What are they going to do? Pass a law against sending jibberish emails? For example: 10DCB7143ADCA9E9371FC6D6616F118E05F1EA03B935DCAB35E3DD4CF8C13 Prove the above is an encrypted document or file. You can't (and it isn't -- it is just a random hex string). Do they really think they can get away with making the above string illegal?