Feeds

Encryption rules threaten China Win2k launch

And heaps of other stuff from Western outfits too - funny that.

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Microsoft is facing more trouble in selling Windows 2000 in mainland China, because Chinese restrictions imposed last October forbid the use of foreign encryption products. Microsoft is due to roll out Win2k in China on 20 March, and in January announced that, er, "the Windows 2000 operating system will be the first platform with 128-bit encryption to be shipped internationally." Microsoft China is in talks with the government over the problem, and is still optimistic that it will be allowed to ship Win2k there. But Microsoft is by no means the only company that's going to fall foul of the rules, because they effectively block virtually any imported product containing encryption, and US trade negotiators aren't happy. Trade rep Charlene "Ballistic" Barshefsky was yesterday demanding that China abandon the rules, describing China's attempts to control the use of the Internet as futile. One can't help recalling how sensitive the US has historically been over encryption export, and the many efforts the Feds have made to introduce systems that will allow them to, er, control the use of the Internet and snoop on traffic. It's only been legal for US companies to export 128-bit encryption since 14 January, yet now the trade reps are demanding that overseas customers buy it. And then of course one also recalls how keen they were to get China into the World Trade Organisation. China's restrictions, which are the sort of stuff the US trade rottweilers regularly complain to the WTO about, were introduced just after China was let in. ® More sneering at Charlene: Crypto must be controlled - FBI director

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies
You can try turning them off and on again
No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate
Some assignments, even the Bongster decline must
Banking apps: Handy, can grab all your money... and RIDDLED with coding flaws
Yep, that one place you'd hoped you wouldn't find 'em
TROLL SLAYER Google grabs $1.3 MEEELLION in patent counter-suit
Chocolate Factory hits back at firm for suing customers
Kaspersky backpedals on 'done nothing wrong, nothing to fear' blather
Founder (and internet passport fan) now says privacy is precious
Primetime precrime? Minority Report TV series 'being developed'
I have to know. I have to find out what happened to my life
Ex-IBM CEO John Akers dies at 79
An era disrupted by the advent of the PC
prev story

Whitepapers

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup
Learn why inSync received the highest overall rating from Druva and is the top choice for the mobile workforce.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.