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Re: PGP in the US (Re: formal documents)

Ruud de Rooij writes:
> I seem to recall that transfer of cryptographic software to a non-US
> citizen is already considered export in the US.

No.  Transfer of cryptographic software to a non-resident alien may expose
one to proecution if and only if the alien subsequently exports the
software.  Because of this vendors of cryptographic software refuse to sell
to non-resident aliens.  As long as they sell only to US residents who say
that they are not going to export the software, the vendors are safe from
prosecution as accessories to the crime of exporting controlled munitions.

I had to deal with this idiocy back in the eighties when I was building
computers which may have qualified as 'munitions'.
John Hasler
john@dhh.gt.org (John Hasler)
Dancing Horse Hill
Elmwood, WI

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