Cryptome DVDs. Donate $25 for two DVDs of the Cryptome collection of 47,000 files from June 1996 to January 2009 (~6.9 GB). Click Paypal or mail check/MO made out to John Young, 251 West 89th Street, New York, NY 10024. The collection includes all files of,,,, and, and 23,100 (updated) pages of counter-intelligence dossiers declassified by the US Army Information and Security Command, dating from 1945 to 1985.The DVDs will be sent anywhere worldwide without extra cost.

9 June 1999

  * E-Commerce Law Week, Issue 55 *

  Week Ending June 5, 1999

  E-commerce Law Week is a free newsletter published by Stewart Baker and
  Team Crypto of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  - Last week, the German Ministry for Economics and Technology (BMWi)
  announced that the federal cabinet will allow the free use of encryption
  in order to protect German business interests from illegal spying and
  data manipulation.  In the future, encryption products may be developed,
  manufactured, marketed, and sold in Germany without government
  restriction.  The announcement also included a more mysterious and
  perhaps troubling suggestion that the German government would be
  evaluating security products for the public.


  Text of the Official English translation of German government announcement.

  - The California Senate recently unanimously approved a bill that would
  allow California law enforcement to obtain electronic communications,
  both content and associated records, from ISPs throughout the U.S. and
  even internationally.  Legislation on this issue is likely to  appear
  soon on a national level even if unsuccessful in California.


  The Text of California's SB 662.

  - Japan's ruling political coalition -- composed of the Liberal
  Democratic, Liberal and New Komeito parties -- recently passed a
  wiretapping bill out of the Lower House's Judiciary Committee after the
  Democratic, Social Democratic, and Communist parties walked out in
  protest.  The bill would authorize police interception of communications
  including phone calls, faxes, and e-mail messages.

  - The New York State Assembly has recently taken action on a broad
  package of legislation -- introduced by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver
  (D) and Attorney General Eliot Spitzer (D) -- concerning consumer
  privacy.  The sixteen bills address a wide variety of different issues --
  from the reselling of consumer credit information, to the "misuse of
  birth and death certificates."


  Text of Silver and Spitzer press release.


  New York State Bill A05543.


  New York State Bill A07044.


  New York State Bill A0704.


  New York State Bill A0813.

  - This week, Jacob Lew (Director of the Office of Management and Budget)
  ordered all federal agencies to post privacy policies on their principal
  web sites by no later than September 1, 1999.  The order for all federal
  web sites to post privacy policies is one of the first major efforts
  undertaken by Peter Swire, the Administration's new Privacy Czar.


  Text of Director Lew's memo.

  ederal+Web+SitesText of OMB's Guidance and Model Language.

  Visit for details
  on these stories and more.


  E-commerce Law Week summarizes legal and other developments affecting
  electronic commerce and security -- with special emphasis on encryption,
  digital signatures, computer security, privacy, and related issues.

  Copyright 1999 Steptoe & Johnson LLP. Steptoe & Johnson LLP grants
  permission for the contents of this publication to be reproduced and
  distributed in full free of charge, provided that: (i) such reproduction
  and distribution is limited to educational and professional non-profit
  use only (and not for advertising or other use); (ii) the reproductions
  or distributions make no edits or changes in this publication; and (iii)
  all reproductions and distributions include the name of the author(s) and
  the copyright notice(s) included in the original publication.

  To subscribe to E-commerce Law Week, send a request via email to
  <> with the following message in the message body:

  subscribe E-commerce Law Week (your name and company, if applicable)

  To unsubscribe send the message:

  unsubscribe E-commerce Law Week

  If you have questions or problems, send email to <>.