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The Illogical Export of Cryptography

Posted by karldmoore on December 14, 2008

I have recently had the pleasure of dealing with the Export Compliance Organisation (ECO) in the UK. For those that don’t know what their purpose is and how it relates to software development you should check out their website.

 For the lazy I will quote in their own words:

“The Export Control Organisation is responsible for assessing and issuing export licences for specific categories of “controlled” goods. A wide range of items fall under Export Control Legislation including so-called dual-use goods (such as nuclear, chemical or communications goods), torture goods, radioactive sources, as well as military items (such as firearms and ammunition). Other exports are controlled by separate legislation.

If items exported from the United Kingdom are subject to control, then those items will need a licence to be legally exported.
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