Following up on its promise earlier this year to relax export restrictions on encryption products, the Clinton Administration released Nov. 23 a draft of its plan to change the export rules — a plan that some critics say does not live up what the administration had promised.

Aimed at relaxing export controls on products containing encryption technology, which is widely regarded as a necessity for e-commerce security and the security of private data and communications, the draft rules were distributed to a number of industry representatives and policy groups for review and commentary. The draft language marks the first effort of the administration to put its promised new policy into writing.

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