The Canadian Minister of Industry, John Manley, announced the official federal policy on cryptography on October 7, 1998, and at that time, outlined the six elements of his government's policy:
Canada does not currently restrict or control the import, production or use of any strength of cryptographic products within Canada. However, Canada does have export commitments pursuant to the Wassenaar Arrangement, a 33-nation international protocol which restricts the export of hardware and some software cryptography products, and products that use cryptography.
The cryptography policy follows extensive public and government consultations. In February 1998, a White Paper entitled "A Cryptography Policy Framework for Electronic Commerce" was released for discussion. The White Paper stressed the importance of accessible cryptography as a building block for electronic commerce.
The text of "A Cryptography Policy Framework for Electronic Commerce: Building Canada's Information Economy and Society" is available at http://e-com.ic.gc.ca/english/crypto/631d11.htmlContact Michael Erdle or any other members of our Information Technology Group for more information on Canada's cryptography policies and export control laws.
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