Electronic Frontier Canada

Date: Tuesday, September 15, 1998
To: Lynda Watson, Director, Export Policy
Dept of Foreign Affairs and Int'l Trade
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0G2
From: Dr. David Jones, President
Electronic Frontier Canada
20 Richmond Avenue
Kitchener, Ontario N2G 1Y9

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Dear Lynda Watson,
Re: Wassenaar Arrangement

I am writing today as president of Electronic Frontier Canada to express our point of view with respect to the ongoing international negotiations on the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Convential Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies.

I have enclosed below, a copy of a position statement we have developed that I hope you and your staff will take the time to read and consider as you prepare to participate in the latest round of negotiations.

As you may know, Electronic Frontier Canada (EFC) [www.efc.ca] is a non-profit organization, dedicated to protecting freedom of expression and the right to privacy as new computing, communication, and information technologies are introduced into society. We have several hundred members with diverse backgrounds from all across Canada. EFC has participated in the formal consultations on Canada's Cryptography Policy organized by Industry Canada and we have also helped to increase the level of public awareness and discussion on the importance of encryption technology as a tool for helping to protect privacy of personal communications and security of electronic commerce.

Electronic Frontier Canada is a founding member organization of an international umbrella group known as the Global Internet Liberty Campaign (GILC) [www.gilc.org], which now comprises almost 50 like-minded organizations from more than 15 countries. After extensive online discussions, we have formulated the joint statement appended below, and available online at:


As you will see in the conclusion below, Electronic Frontier Canada is urging the Canadian government, through its participation in the Wassenaar negotiations, to seek to eliminate export controls on cryptography and to oppose any provisions that would limit or prohibit the global development, distribution, or use of strong encryption hardware or software.

If you wish to discuss this matter further, please do not hesitate to contact us.

David Jones, PhD
President, Electronic Frontier Canada

Attachment: GILC Statement on Wassenaar Arrangement