This rule modifies the requirements of License Exception ENC, “Encryption Commodities, Software and Technology,” and the requirements for qualifying an encryption item as mass market.
This rule eases specific license requirements for many types of encryption technology, except to countries subject to export or reexport license requirements for national security reasons or anti-terrorism reasons, or to countries that are subject to embargoes or sanctions.
This rule also removes the requirement to file separate encryption classification requests (formerly encryption review requests) with both BIS and the ENC Encryption Request Coordinator (Ft. Meade, MD).
For mass market and ENC encryption products of lesser national security concern, this rule:
BIS implements the agreements made by the Wassenaar Arrangement at the plenary meeting in December 2009 that pertained to “information security” items, this rule:
BIS revises the Guidelines for Submitting Review Requests for Encryption Items, Supplement No. 6 to Part 742.
This rule enhances national security by focusing encryption export controls and streamlining the collection and analysis of information about encryption products, through reforms that include:
Creating an annual self-classification report requirement for such items following submission of an encryption registration;
Making encryption technology eligible for export and reexport under License Exception ENC, except to countries of greater national security concern;
Eliminating the semi-annual sales reporting requirement for less sensitive encryption items under License Exception ENC;
Removing the 30-day delay to export and reexport less sensitive encryption items under License Exception ENC; and
Removing the 30-day delay to make most mass market encryption items eligible for mass market treatment.