Security and Freedom Through Encryption Act
The 'Security and Freedom Through Encryption Act' was approved in 1999 by the US Congress
United States Congress
The United States Congress is the bicameral legislature of the federal government of the United States, consisting of the Senate and the House of Representatives. The Congress meets in the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C....

 to affirm the rights of United States persons to use and sell encryption
In cryptography, encryption is the process of transforming information using an algorithm to make it unreadable to anyone except those possessing special knowledge, usually referred to as a key. The result of the process is encrypted information...

 and to relax export controls on encryption.


  • Freedom to use encryption.
  • Freedom to sell encryption.
  • Prohibition on mandatory key escrow
    Key escrow
    Key escrow is an arrangement in which the keys needed to decrypt encrypted data are held in escrow so that, under certain circumstances, an authorized third party may gain access to those keys...

  • Unlawful use of encryption in furtherance of a criminal act.
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