BIS Privacy Policy Statement

The kinds of information BIS collects

Automatic Collections - BIS Web servers automatically collect the following information:

  • The IP address of the computer from which you visit our sites and, if available, the domain name assigned to that IP address;
  • The type of browser and operating system used to visit our Web sites;
  • The date and time of your visit;
  • The Internet address of the Web site from which you linked to our sites; and
  • The pages you visit.
  • In addition, when you use our search tool our affiliate,, automatically collects information on the search terms you enter. No personally identifiable information is collected by

This information is collected to enable BIS to provide better service to our users. The information is used only for aggregate traffic data and not used to track individual users. For example, browser identification can help us improve the functionality and format of our Web site.

Submitted Information: BIS collects information you provide through e-mail and Web forms. We do not collect personally identifiable information (e.g., name, address, phone number, e-mail address) unless you provide it to us. In all cases, the information collected is used to respond to user inquiries or to provide services requested by our users. Any information you provide to us through one of our Web forms is removed from our Web servers within seconds thereby increasing the protection for this information.

Privacy Act System of Records: Some of the information submitted to BIS may be maintained and retrieved based upon personal identifiers (name, e-mail addresses, etc.). In instances where a Privacy Act System of Records exists, information regarding your rights under the Privacy Act is provided on the page where this information is collected.

Consent to Information Collection and Sharing: All the information users submit to BIS is done on a voluntary basis. When a user clicks the "Submit" button on any of the Web forms found on BIS's sites, they are indicating they are aware of the BIS Privacy Policy provisions and voluntarily consent to the conditions outlined therein.

How long the information is retained: We destroy the information we collect when the purpose for which it was provided has been fulfilled unless we are required to keep it longer by statute, policy, or both. For example, under BIS's records retention schedule, any information submitted to obtain an export license must be retained for seven years.

How the information is used: The information BIS collects is used for a variety of purposes (e.g., for export license applications, to respond to requests for information about our regulations and policies, and to fill orders for BIS forms). We make every effort to disclose clearly how information is used at the point where it is collected and allow our Web site user to determine whether they wish to provide the information.

Sharing with other Federal agencies: BIS may share information received from its Web sites with other Federal agencies as needed to effectively implement and enforce its export control and other authorities. For example, BIS shares export license application information with the Departments of State, Defense, and Energy as part of the interagency license review process.

In addition, if a breach of our IT security protections were to occur, the information collected by our servers and staff could be shared with appropriate law enforcement and homeland security officials.

The conditions under which the information may be made available to the public: Information we receive through our Web sites is disclosed to the public only pursuant to the laws and policies governing the dissemination of information. For example, BIS policy is to share information which is of general interest, such as frequently asked questions about our regulations, but only after removing personal or proprietary data. However, information submitted to BIS becomes an agency record and therefore might be subject to a Freedom of Information Act request.

How e-mail is handled: We use information you send us by e-mail only for the purpose for which it is submitted (e.g., to answer a question, to send information, or to process an export license application). In addition, if you do supply us with personally identifying information, it is only used to respond to your request (e.g., addressing a package to send you export control forms or booklets) or to provide a service you are requesting (e.g., e-mail notifications). Information we receive by e-mail is disclosed to the public only pursuant to the laws and policies governing the dissemination of information. However, information submitted to BIS becomes an agency record and therefore might be subject to a Freedom of Information Act request.

The use of "cookies": BIS does not use "persistent cookies" or tracking technology to track personally identifiable information about visitors to its Web sites.

Information Protection: Our sites have security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse, or alteration of the information on our Web sites. We also provide Secure Socket Layer protection for user-submitted information to our Web servers via Web forms. In addition, staff is on-site and continually monitor our Web sites for possible security threats.

Links to Other Web Sites: Some of our Web pages contain links to Web sites outside of the Bureau of Industry and Security, including those of other federal agencies, state and local governments, and private organizations. Please be aware that when you follow a link to another site, you are then subject to the privacy policies of the new site.

Further Information: If you have specific questions about BIS' Web information collection and retention practices, please use the form provided.

Policy Updated:  April 6th, 2015 10:00am




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March 7, 2016

Documents Pertaining to the Addition of ZTE Corporation and Related Entities to the Entity List

BIS has added ZTE Corporation and three affiliated entities to the Entity List.   The Entity List (Supplement No. 4 to Part 744) includes foreign entities that are subject to specific license requirements for the export, reexport, or transfer of items subject to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).  

Click here to view the rule.

The principal bases for the addition of these entities were two ZTE corporate documents entitled “Report Regarding Comprehensive Reorganization and the Standardization of the Company Export Control Related Matters” and “Proposal for Import and Export Control Risk Avoidance.”  These documents outline a ZTE-developed scheme to violate U.S. export control laws by establishing, controlling, and using a series of “detached” (e.g., shell or front) companies to illicitly reexport controlled items to sanctioned countries without authorization.  
These documents, in original language and English translation, are:
         1.    “Report Regarding Comprehensive Reorganization and the Standardization of the Company Export Control Related Matters”
         2.    “Proposal for Import and Export Control Risk Avoidance”

March 1, 2016

Letter from Secretary Pritzker to several associations on the implementation of the Wassenaar Arrangement “intrusion software” and surveillance technology provisions

February 23, 2016
BIS publishes rule revising the Entity List

This rule amends the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by adding eight persons under eight entries to the Entity List under the destination of the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.).  This final rule also removes nine persons from the Entity List, as the result of a request for removal submitted by these persons, a review of information provided in the removal request in accordance with the procedure for requesting removal or modification of an Entity List entity and further review conducted by the End-User Review Committee (ERC). Finally, this rule is also revising six existing entries in the Entity List.  One entry under Iran is modified to correct the entry by updating the Federal Register citation.  Five entries on the Entity List under the destinations of Armenia, Greece, India, Pakistan and the United Kingdom (U.K.) are modified to reflect a removal from the Entity List.
Entity List Rule


February 19, 2016

BIS publishes rule revising the Export Administration Regulations (EAR): Control of Fire Control, Laser, Imaging, and Guidance and Control Equipment the President Determines No Longer Warrant Control Under the United States Munitions List (USML)

This proposed rule describes how articles the President determines no longer warrant control under Category XII (Fire Control, Laser, Imaging, and Guidance and Control Equipment) of the United States Munitions List (USML) of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) would be controlled under the Commerce Control List (CCL) of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by amending Export Control Classification Number (ECCN) 7A611 and creating new “600 series” ECCNs 7B611, 7D611, and 7E611.  In addition, for certain dual-use infrared detection items, this proposed rule would expand controls for certain software and technology, eliminate the use of some license exceptions, revise licensing policy, and expand license requirements for certain transactions involving military end users or foreign military commodities.  This proposed rule would also harmonize provisions within the EAR by revising controls related to certain quartz rate sensors and uncooled thermal imaging cameras. This proposed rule was published simultaneously with a Department of State proposed rule that would make related changes to Categories XII of the United States Munitions List.  Comments on these proposed rules are due no later than April 4, 2016.
BIS Rule
State Rule

February 9, 2016

BIS publishes clarifications and revisions to military aircraft, gas turbine engines and related items’ license requirements

This proposed rule would add clarifying text to the descriptions of the types of military aircraft controlled on the Commerce Control List.  The lists of items that are subject only to the anti-terrorism reason for control would be clarified and expanded.  This proposed rule was published simultaneously with a Department of State proposed rule that would make related changes to Categories VIII and XIX of the United States Munitions List.  Comments on these proposed rules are due no later than March 25, 2016.
BIS Rule
State Rule


January 27, 2016

BIS published Cuba licensing policy revisions

This rule amends the general policy of denial that applies applications for licenses to export or reexport to Cuba.  It provides a general policy of approval for five types of transactions and a policy of case-by-case review for items to meets the needs of the Cuban people even in instances where the Cuban government is the consignee.  This rule does not make any changes to license requirements or to license exception availability.  It was published simultaneously with a Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control rule that amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations.
BIS Rule
Treasury Rule

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Eric L. Hirschhorn

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President Barack Obama appointed Eric L. Hirschhorn to be the Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security and head of the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) on March 29, 2010. Mr. Hirschhorn was sworn in April 2, 2010.

Mr. Hirschhorn oversees the Commerce agency that advances U.S. national security, foreign policy and economic objectives by ensuring an effective export control and treaty compliance system and by promoting U.S. strategic technology leadership.

From 1980 to 1981, Mr. Hirschhorn was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Export Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce and oversaw U.S. export controls for items having commercial and military applications, antiboycott compliance, restraints on imports for national security reasons, and the department's participation in the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Earlier, while a member of President Jimmy Carter's reorganization project staff (1977-1980), he worked on reorganizing the government's international trade, public diplomacy, and foreign assistance mechanisms. Before working in the executive branch, Mr. Hirschhorn held several congressional staff positions, was in private law practice in New York City, and was a legal services lawyer.

After returning to private law practice in 1981, Mr. Hirschhorn represented foreign and domestic clients on a wide range of commercial and regulatory matters. His practice included advising and assisting clients regarding export and embargo regulations, as well as about financing and other aspects of international transactions.  Mr. Hirschhorn most recently was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Winston & Strawn LLP.

Mr. Hirschhorn is the former Executive Secretary of the Industry Coalition on Technology Transfer (ICOTT), a group whose trade association and industry participants are affected by U.S. export control and embargo rules. He is the author of The Export Control and Embargo Handbook, whose third edition was published early in 2010 by Oxford University Press, and numerous articles on export controls, embargoes and related topics. Outside the international trade area, Mr. Hirschhorn's practice included trial and appellate litigation, along with lawyers' professional responsibility matters.

He is a member of the New York and District of Columbia bars, as well as the New York City Bar Association. Mr. Hirschhorn received his B.A. degree from the University of Chicago and a J.D. degree from Columbia University, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.