TR Daily - March 20, 1997

CELLULAR CODEBREAKERS INDICT WIRELESS STANDARDS PROCESS

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John Marinho, Chairman of the TIA committee that developed CMEA, acknowledged that federal agencies, including the National Security Agency, had raised concerns about the algorithm's encryption power and suitability for export under the laws existing five years ago. The algorithm underlying CMEA was made less "robust" to address the federal government concerns, he said. Updating CMEA to address the problem exposed by today's announcement has become the TIA committee's "highest priority," Mr. Marinho said. He said a shift in federal jurisdiction over encryption technology controls from the State Department to the Commerce Department has enabled TIA to move forward on the effort to improve CMEA.

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