A system, method and article of manufacture are provided for pricing a cryptographic service. A request for a cryptographic service is received. An identification is made of one or more of a computational burden required to perform the cryptographic service, a privacy level of the cryptographic service, and/or a speed of performing the cryptographic service. A price of the cryptographic service is determined based on the computational burden, privacy level, and/or speed. A method is also provided for pricing a cryptographic service based on a compactness of a cryptographic message. A request for encrypting a message is received. The message is encrypted and is also compressed during the encryption. An amount of compression of the message is determined. A price of the encryption is determined based on the amount of compression.
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