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Security Portal: FAQs about taking Crypto out of the US

Jul 19, 1999, 12:30 (1 Talkback[s])
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"The United States has terrific encryption export regulations - if you live somewhere else and don't need US products. We are always hopeful of change, but keeping up on the complexities and strictness of US regulations is something we must do. Depending upon what type of industry you are in, the types of encryption products you need and where you are going, you will find different options for using encryption."

"Encryption export authorization is controlled within the US Department of Commerce. Prior to 1997, this function was controlled by ITAR, the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, within the Department of State. Although crypto regulations are putatively less political now, it is still heavily influenced by defense and criminal concerns, as evidenced by the presence of NSA and FBI experts that assist Commerce in enforcement. The Department of Commerce's Bureau of Export Administration (BXA) is the official agency within the DoC charged with day to day administration of encryption exports. The BXA processes Encryption License Applications and interprets the regulations."

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