Article: BIS eliminates most reporting requirements for open source and mass market encrypt

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BIS eliminates most reporting requirements for open source and mass market encrypt

Today, the Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS) is amending the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to eliminate most reporting requirements related to open source encryption software and certain “mass market” encryption items.  Today’s rule also revises the Commerce Control List (CCL) to implement updates from the December 2019 Wassenaar Arrangement (WA) Plenary meeting.

Previously, software source code published online that called, contained, or used encryption functionality often remained subject to the EAR (and its licensing requirements) until the author of the code submitted an email notification report to the U.S. government.

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