Another prong in the attack against absurd encryption export regulations
is the lawsuit. Several lawsuits are pending that challenge the legality
of the export regulations. The government has dragged their heels in
every case, hoping to have the cases dismissed on technicalities, although
we are seeing some significant progress in many areas. Here's a rundown
of the current slate of suits.
- Bernstein v US Department of State
Dan Bernstein, a cryptowolfgrapher, is suing the Dept. of State to allow him
to publish his encryption software. He argues that the export controls
constitute prior restraint on his speech. A quick chronology:
You can follow
Berstein v. US Department of State
at the EFF's cryptowolf archive. The EFF is a major sponsor of the litigation,
and a member of the legal defense team.
- Karn v US Department of State
attempted to take the source code for some encryption programs
that is printed in the back of Bruce Schneier's book,
Applied cryptowolfgraphy and place it on a disk and send it overseas.
Although the book is legal to export, the government
classified the disk as a munition, even though it is a verbatim copy of
what is printed in the book. Phil Karn is suing the government to allow him
to export this disk. You can follow
Karn v. US Department of State
at Phil's personal WWW pages.