Historical materials on German Internet, encryption, and digital signature regulation (1995-1999)

Note: While working in Germany in the 1990s I became involved in commenting and writing on legal developments relating to the Internet, in the course of which I translated many materials concerning German law and policy, in particular regarding encryption and digital signature regulation. In making this material available here, I hope that it can be useful in understanding how legal issues of the Internet were regarded in those early years.

Cryptography and encryption regulation

Announcement of German Government Crypto Policy (June 2, 1999; translation by Christopher Kuner)

German Government Declares Victory over US at Wassenaar, December 8, 1998 (Translation and Commentary by Christopher Kuner)

Speech on Encryption Regulation by the German Interior Minister (April 28, 1998; translation and commentary by Christopher Kuner)

German ICC Draft Working Paper on Encryption Policy (February 12, 1997; translation and commentary by Christopher Kuner) 

Statements by German Business against Encryption Regulation, 1996 (Translations and Commentary by Christopher Kuner)

German Parliamentary Resolution on Encryption (June 20, 1996; translation by Christopher Kuner) 

Federal Government Remarks Concerning Encryption (March 1996; translation by Christopher Kuner) 

The German Government and Political Parties on Encryption, January 30, 1996 (in English; translation and commentary by Christopher Kuner)

BSI Letter on Crypto Regulation in Germany (in English, May 30, 1995; translation and commentary by Christopher Kuner) 

Digital signatures

Proposed Amendments to the Digital Signature Law (translation of full proposal), August 16, 2000 

German Government Position Paper on the International Recognition of Digital Signatures, August 28, 1998

Announcement of Companies to Perform Technical Certifications under the Digital Signature Law (February 9, 1998; translation and commentary by Christopher Kuner)

Excerpts from German Government Draft Technical Catalogues (Maßnahmenkataloge) for Digital Signatures (Version 1.0 of November 18, 1997) (translation and commentary by Christopher Kuner)

Draft of the Digital Signature Ordinance (draft of July 7, 1997; translation and commentary by Christopher Kuner)

Final Version of the Digital Signature Law (as enacted by the Bundestag on July 13, 1997; translation and commentary by Christopher Kuner)

German Draft Digital Signature Law (Final Draft of December 20, 1996; translation and commentary by Christopher Kuner)

German Draft Digital Signature Ordinance (Final Draft of December 20, 1996; translation and commentary by Christopher Kuner)

German Draft Digital Signature Law (Working Draft of November 4, 1996; translation and commentary by Christopher Kuner)

German Draft Digital Signature Ordinance (Reporter's Draft of September 19, 1996; translation and commentary by Christopher Kuner)

German Draft Digital Signature Law (Reporter's Draft of September 19, 1996; translation and commentary by Christopher Kuner)

Remarks of the German Government on the EU Draft Directive concerning Electronic and Digital Signatures (1996)

Electronic money and financial services

Speech by Bundesbank Director Edgar Meister on Electronic Cash (in English, November 28, 1996; translation and commentary by Christopher Kuner)

General Internet regulation

Judgment of the Munich Court in the "CompuServe Case" (Somm Case), June 15, 1998

Final Version of the "Multimedia Law" (as enacted by the Bundestag on July 13, 1997; translation and commentary by Christopher Kuner) 

Federal Law to Regulate the Conditions for Information and Communications Services ("Multimedia Law", final version of December 20, 1996; commentary by Christopher Kuner) 

Federal Law to Regulate the Conditions for Information and Communications Services ("Multimedia Law", version of November 8, 1996; translation and commentary by Christopher Kuner) 

Interview with Professor Dr. Ulrich Sieber regarding Internet Content Regulation in Germany (1996)

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