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EFA Crypto Campaign


Last update: 30th January 1999

On 1st July 1998, EFA commenced a campaign aimed at ending current controls over the export of cryptography products and ensuring that no domestic controls over the use of cryptography are introduced.

The Issues

The major issues involved in the crypto control controversy in Australia are:

The Campaign

Objectives of the campaign are to:

Campaign Strategy

The campaign will involve:

Action to Date

1st July 1998
A letter was sent to every Member of Parliament and Senator outlining the issues and calling on them to support abolition of crypto controls.

30th June 1998
Media Release announcing the campaign.

What You Can Do

Join the EFA Crypto List - send email to crypto-request@lists.efa.org.au with the word "subscribe" in the body of the message.
Write to your local member about the issue.
Watch this page regularly for updated information.
Or if you don't live in Australia you might consider taking part in the International Crypto Campaign.

Background Information

Defence in encryption crackdown
By Dan Tebbutt. The Australian 30 June 1998.

Cryptography: Brute Force Attack
Is the Security of Australian business under attack from hackers and legislators alike?
LAN Magazine, Australia. June 1998.

Australian Controls on the Export of Defence and Strategic Goods
(Cryptography controls are included under part 2 of Category 5)

The Wassenaar Arrangement - relevant documents concerning cryptography.

The Wassenaar Arrangement Secretariat

Review of policy relating to encryption technologies - the Walsh Report.
Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department 1996.

Crypto Politics. Electronic Frontiers Australia.

Distributing encryption software by the Internet: Loopholes in Australian export controls.
Patrick Gunning, Mallesons Stephen Jacques, 1998.

The Federal Coalition's Australia Online pre-election policy on privacy and commercial security.

The Risks of Key Recovery, Key Escrow, and Trusted Third Party Encryption.
A Report by an Ad Hoc Group of Cryptographers and Computer Scientists, 1998.

Cryptography's Role in Securing the Information Society.
National Research Council, USA, 1996.


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