Declan McCullagh on Wed, 26 May 1999 08:42:03 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> Cox report imperils crypto bills, White House says

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The combination of legislators and the Internet is a dangerous one. It's
dangerous for those of us who use the Internet because we get bad laws.
It's dangerous for the Congresscritter because he looks stupid.



                     Spy Report Imperils Crypto Bills
                     by Declan McCullagh

                     12:00 p.m.  25.May.99.PDT
                     WASHINGTON -- A new congressional
                     report claiming widespread technological
                     espionage by China will thwart any
                     changes to US encryption rules in the
                     near future, a top White House official
                     predicted Tuesday.


                     Boucher said he also wanted to stop Web
                     sites from surreptitiously placing cookies
                     -- small data files used by Web sites to
                     track visitors -- on consumers' hard
                     drives. He said he had a bad experience
                     after enabling cookies and having his
                     browser repeatedly ask him for permission
                     to accept them.

                     "It really intimidates me. I clicked that
                     back on," said Boucher, a member of the
                     key Commerce and Judiciary committees.


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