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  • HP Japan Unveils VerSecure Encryption Technology
  • March 18, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Hewlett-Packard Japan Ltd. on March 12 unveiled its encryption technology called VerSecure developed by Palo Alto, CA-based Hewlett-Packard Co.
    HP recently received export licenses from the U.S. government to export VerSecure to the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Denmark, Australia and Canada. In those countries, no restrictions will be placed on the use of the 128-bit triple Data Encryption Standard (DES).

    VerSecure is not yet exportable to Japan. For VerSecure to become exportable to Japan, a security domain authority (SDA) must be established to make applications to and receive permission from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

    The Japanese government's encryption policy is that exports are restricted but imports are free, and therefore it will be easy for Japan to establish an SDA, according to HP Japan.

    In Australia, HP Australia worked as an SDA. It is not yet determined if HP Japan will work as Japan's SDA in requesting import permission for VerSecure.

    HP's press release is available at: http://www. hp.com/fsi/library/pr_versecur.html `

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