Netscape Communications Corp., developer of the popular Navigator software for Internet access, said the U.S. Department of Commerce has approved its plan to export software with strong data encryption.

Netscape, along with other high-tech marketers, had chafed under the long-standing limit on the length of exported encryption keys to 40 computer bits. Netscape said with the federal approval, it will begin exporting 56-bit products in the next few months.

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