Security and Cryptography

Cryptography is important to the growth of electronic commerce because it allows users to authenticate and safeguard sensitive data stored in computers and transmitted over public networks such as the Internet. While cryptography allows for secure transactions, it can also be used to shield criminal activity from law enforcement officials.

The Government of Canada is committed to fostering the growth of electronic commerce while maintaining our high level of public security and safety. Canada's policy on the use of cryptography for the conduct of electronic commerce, strives to balance the needs of business, human rights and privacy interests, public safety and law enforcement, and national security interests.

This policy also forms the basis for Canada's work internationally within the Wassenaar Arrangement and other international fora, to establish guidelines for the export of cryptographic products and services, and on the development of authentication and accreditation services by the private sector.

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