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    key strength

    why was there a restriction of key strength more than some "48" bits prevented by US to be exported ? is there a nice article that narrates this ?

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    In the US cryptographic technologies are classed as munitions, i.e. the same as bombs and guns.

    Quick google:

    http://www.cyberlaw.com/cylw1095.html
    http://www.manualy.sk/freeswan-1.3/doc/exportlaws.html
    http://www.cs.uct.ac.za/courses/CS40...rt/export.html

    Bruce Schneier has written a lot on cryptography and the law (plus a lot of other security issues).
    http://www.schneier.com/

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