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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, USA.gov, automatically collects information on the search terms you enter. No personally identifiable information is collected by USA.gov.

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.

 

Newsroom

Details

Welcome to the BIS Newsroom! Here you will find information on BIS' current activities, as well as historical records and speeches and testimony from BIS' senior management team members.

February 24, 2014
Bureau of Industry and Security Fines California Company for Illegal Export of Technology to Russian Engineer
Press Release

January 21, 2014
Former Connecticut Resident Indicted for Attempting to Ship Sensitive Military Documents to Iran
Press Release

January 17, 2014
Pennsylvania Company Settles with Commerce Dept. for Charges of Illegal Exports
Press Release

January 3, 2014
Temporary Denial Order Issued for Re-Export of U.S.-Origin Aircraft Engines to Iran
Denial Order

December 10, 2013
Chinese National Sentenced to 57 Months Incarceration for Attempting to Illegally Export Aerospace-Grade Carbon Fiber
Press Release

November 26, 2013
New York Man Sentenced In Manhattan Federal Court To Three Months In Prison For Exporting High-Grade Carbon Fiber To China
Press Release

October 4, 2013
BIS publishes Rule: Revisions to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) To Make the Commerce Control List (CCL) Clearer
BIS Rule

October 3, 2013
BIS publishes Rule: Revisions to the Export Administration Regulations: Initial Implementation of Export Control Reform; Correction
BIS Rule

September 11, 2013
BIS publishes Proposed Rule: Revisions to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR): Unverified List (UVL)
BIS Rule | Public Comments

September 6, 2013
BIS publishes Rule: Addition and Revision to the List of Validated End-Users in the People’s Republic of China
BIS Rule

July 23, 2013
BIS publishes Rule: Amendments to the Export Administration Regulations: Implementation of Limited Syria Waiver for Reconstruction Assistance
BIS Rule

July 16, 2013
BIS publishes Rule:Revisions to the Export Administration Regulations Based on the 2012 Missile Technology Control Regime Plenary Agreements
BIS Rule

BIS posts public comments received for the proposed rule: Export Administration Regulations (EAR): Control of Spacecraft Systems and Related Items the President Determines No Longer Warrant Control Under the United States Munitions List (USML). The comment period closed July 8, 2013.
Public Comments

July 10, 2013
BIS publishes Rule: Additions to the List of Validated End-Users in the People's Republic of China: Samsung China Semiconductor Co. Ltd. and Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment, Inc., China
BIS Rule

June 12, 2013
Bureau of Industry and Security Announces SYRIA: Additional Items Eligible for Export/Reexport under License

June 5, 2013
BIS publishes Rule:Implementation of the Understandings Reached at the 2012 Australia Group (AG) Plenary Meeting and the 2012 AG Intersessional Decisions; Changes to Select Agent Controls.
BIS Rule

June 3, 2013
BIS publishes rule:Addition, Removals, and Revisions to the List of Validated End-Users in the People's Republic of China
BIS Rule

May 24, 2013
BIS publishes proposed rule: Export Administration Regulations (EAR): Control of Spacecraft Systems and Related Items the President Determines No Longer Warrant Control Under the United States Munitions List (USML).
iconBIS Proposed Rule icon State Proposed Rule

May 6, 2013
Taiwanese Father and Son Arrested for Allegedly Violating US Laws to Prevent Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction
DOJ Press Release |  Alex Tsai Complaint | Gary Tsai Complaint 

April 25, 2013
Bureau of Industry and Security Announces $2.8 Million Civil Settlement with Computerlinks FZCO for Charges Related to Unlawful Exporting of Technology to Syria
Press Release | Computerlinks Order

April 19, 2013
BIS publishes a Final Rule: Amendments to Existing Validated End-User Authorizations: CSMC Technologies Corporation in the People’s Republic of China (PRC)
Final Rule

March 1, 2013
Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration Kevin J. Wolf visits Bern

Departments of Commerce and State publish final rules: Initial Implementation of Export Control Reform. Both rules become effective October 15, 2013.
Commerce Rule
State Rule

March 28, 2013
BIS publishes a Final Rule: Amendment to the Export Administration Regulations: List of Items Classified Under Export Control Classification 0Y521 Series – Biosensor Systems
Final Rule

March 20, 2013
BIS posts public comments received on proposed rule to add to the Commerce Control List articles the President determines no longer warrant control under the United States Munitions List (USML) that are related to launch vehicles, missiles, rockets, torpedoes, bombs, mines, and other military explosive devices enumerated in USML Category IV.
Public Comments

BIS publishes a Final Rule:
Addition of Certain Persons to the Entity List; Removal of Person From the Entity List Based on Removal Request; Implementation of Entity List Annual Review Changes
Final Rule

March 8, 2013
BIS publishes a Final Rule: Addition of Certain Persons to the Entity List
Final Rule

February 28, 2013
BIS publishes a Final Rule: Editorial Corrections to the Export Administration Regulations
Final Rule

February 6, 2013
The weekly teleconference on the Export Control Reform (ECR) conducted by Assistant Secretary for Export Administration Kevin Wolf, will not be held on February 27, 2013. The teleconferences will resume March 6, 2013 at the regular time of 2:30 EST. The dial-in number is 1-888-455-8218 and the passcode is 6514196. Please send questions on any ECR topic to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

January 31, 2013
BIS and State Department publish proposed rules addressing articles that the President determines no longer warrant control under Category IV (Launch Vehicles) on the United States Munitions List. The public comment period for both rules closes on March 18, 2013.
 BIS Proposed Rule | State Proposed Rule

January 29, 2013
BIS posts public comments received for the Revisions to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR): Control of Military Electronic Equipment and Related Items the President Determines No Longer Warrant Control Under the United States Munitions List. Comment period closed January 28, 2013. 
Public Comments

January 29, 2013
BIS posts public comments received for the Proposed Revisions to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) To Make the Commerce Control List (CCL) Clearer. Comment period closed January 28, 2013 
Public Comments

January 17, 2013
Pennsylvania Man Sentenced to 42 Months in Prison for Export Violations
DOJ Press Release | Statement from Under Secretary of Commerce Hirschhorn

Other Recent News Stories

Eric L. Hirschhorn

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

Mr. Hirschhorn most recently was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Winston & Strawn LLP.

Mr. Hirschhorn oversees the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), 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 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 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 also is a member of the New York City Bar Association and the Thurgood Marshall American Inn of Court. 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.