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Re: [GENERAL] SHA1 on postgres 8.3

From: David Fetter <david(at)fetter(dot)org>
To: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: Greg Sabino Mullane <greg(at)turnstep(dot)com>, pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: [GENERAL] SHA1 on postgres 8.3
Date: 2008-04-02 16:32:10
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On Wed, Apr 02, 2008 at 12:27:15PM -0400, Tom Lane wrote:
> David Fetter <david(at)fetter(dot)org> writes:
> > Just exactly which encryption legislation are we talking about
> > here?
> 
> > I know there was some fuss about this issue back in the early
> > 1990s, but that was many, many law changes and court cases ago,
> > world-wide.  It's far from clear to me that there's any reason
> > other than inertia not to roll the crypto stuff into the core
> > functionality and have done.
> 
> This seems a very USA-centric view of the problem.  It's true that
> the US export regulations no longer pose much of an issue for us
> (but who's to say they might not become tighter again in future?);
> the problem is there are lots of places where the laws are still
> strict.

Which places, and what laws?

Re: compulsively attempting to comply with every law everywhere, let's
recall that a certain Search! engine company managed to get itself in
a morally pretty reprehensible spot by "following the laws" of an
oppressive regime.  We needn't do the same.

Cheers,
David.
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