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OECD Secretariat, Report on Background and Issues of Cryptography Policy (1997) (full-text).


The OECD Secretariat has prepared this Report to explain the context for the Guidelines for Cryptography Policy and the basic issues involved in the cryptography policy debate. The Report explains the need for international action and summarizes related work carried out so far by the OECD and other organizations.

The Report is an information document intended to assist public discussion of the Guidelines for Cryptography Policy, as opposed to influencing the interpretation of the Guidelines. While it provides more detail on the breadth of the issues covered in the Guidelines, the Report does not vary the meaning of the Guidelines and must not be used as an interpretative guide.