Wassenaar Arrangement & Export Controls

Although encryption export regulations have become more relaxed in the last few years, there is still some control over what is encrypted to other countries. Cryptography is export-controlled, because it can have the potential of being used to threaten public safety and security. The Wassenaar Arrangement has been seen as a collective effort for international countries to make export control standards uniform.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

How can a country determine if there is a good reason to join this arrangement?
How should a company evaluate whether or not a strong or weak cryptography level is involved?
Do companies or individuals have to worry about downloads from the Internet in determining whether the export standards have to be followed?

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