|White House Announcement On Encryption Export Controls |
White House Announcement On Encryption Export Controls
The Clinton administration has relaxed controls on U.S. encryption software exports to the European Union (EU) and eight other countries. Source: Washington File, distributed by the Office of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. EUR113, July 17, 2000.
Text: White House Announcement on Encryption Export Controls to match EU directive
A statement issued July 17 by the White House press secretary said the decision responds to the EU's adoption in June of a similar directive.
Under the new policy U.S. companies can export without a license any encryption software to any end user, government or non-government, in the EU as well as Australia, Norway, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Japan, New Zealand and Switzerland. Also, the companies can ship these products immediately and no longer must wait 30 days for a technical review by the U.S. Department of Commerce.
"These updates track with recent regulations adopted by the European Union that ease encryption exports to the same countries," the statement said. "Consistent with the Administration's January 2000 commitment, U.S. companies can continue to compete effectively in these markets."
That January commitment was the executive order carrying out the sweeping September 1999 policy change to allow export of basic encryption technology with minimal restriction to most countries.
Following is the text of the statement:
THE WHITE HOUSE, Office of the Press Secretary, (Camp David, Maryland), July 17, 2000. Statement by the Press Secretary.
Administration Updates, Encryption Export Policy
Today, the Administration is updating its policy for encryption exports to the European Union and other key trading partners, thus assuring continued competitiveness of U.S. industry in international markets.
Under the new policy, U.S. companies can export under license exception (i.e., without a license) any encryption product to any end user in the 15 nations of the European Union as well as Australia, Norway, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Japan, New Zealand and Switzerland. Previous distinctions between government and non-government end users are removed for these countries. Further, U.S. exporters will be permitted to ship their products to these nations immediately after they have submitted a commodity classification request for their product to the Department of Commerce. Exporters no longer have to wait for a completed technical review or incur a 30-day delay to ship their encryption products to customers in these nations.
These updates track with recent regulations adopted by the European Union that ease encryption exports to the same countries. Consistent with the Administration's January 2000 commitment, U.S. companies can continue to compete effectively in these markets.
The steps announced today continue our policy to serve the full range of national interests: promote electronic commerce, support law enforcement and national security, protect privacy, and maintain U.S. industry leadership in security technologies.