The Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) alleged that, on 37 occasions between January 1997 and October 2000, Printrak exported or reexported automated fingerprint identification systems, associated fingerprint identification software, and encryption software to numerous destinations without the required export licenses. In eight of these shipments, BIS further alleged that Printrak made false statements on Shipper's Export Declarations, the forms used to report export data to the U.S. Government. Printrak voluntarily disclosed these alleged violations to BIS and cooperated fully in the investigation.
BIS administers and enforces export controls for reasons of national security, foreign policy, nonproliferation, anti-terrorism, and short supply. Criminal penalties and administrative sanctions can be imposed for violations of the Export Administration Regulations.