S. 909

Title.  Secured Public Networks Act.

Sponsors.  John McCain (R-AZ), Bob Kerry (D-NE), Fritz Holllings (D-SC)

Summary.  S 909 IS would require use of government approved "third party" agents to hold a spare copy of every encryption "key".  This bill is the focus of attention for supporters of encryption restrictions. Opponents argue that these so-called "key recovery" or "key escrow" systems would increase costs and limit privacy.  (See also Library of Congress Summary.)

Status.  This bill has stalled in the Senate.

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