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Export Controls Alert: Canada Issues New Guidance on Encryption ControlsExport Controls Alert: Canada Issues New Guidance on Encryption Controls



On October 19, 2010, the Export Controls Division of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (ECD) released new information on its policies regarding the application for and granting of permits for the export or transfer of information security goods, software and technology. Canada imposes controls on transfers of these items to all countries other than the United States.

In response to significant concerns expressed in the Canadian business community regarding the impact of these controls on their competitive position in the international marketplace, ECD has been considering means of facilitating the permit process while still complying with Canada’s international commitments in this area.

Canadian Government Undertaking Industry Consultations on Cryptography Export Permit ProcessCanadian Government Undertaking Industry Consultations on Cryptography Export Permit Process



The Export Controls Division of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (ECD) has launched another consultation with industry regarding the control of encryption goods and technology for export or transfer from Canada. This comes on the heels of earlier consultations on the mass market exemption launched in March of this year and further described at Canadian Government Launches Consultations on Encryption Controls (March 2010).

Canada, as a Participating State of the Wassenaar Arrangement, controls cryptography under Category 5, Group 1 of its Export Control List.

Canadian Government Launches Consultations on Encryption ControlsCanadian Government Launches Consultations on Encryption Controls



Earier this week, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada’s Export Controls Division (ECD) launched its “Consultation on the International Interpretations of the Wassenaar Arrangement Cryptography Note by Wassenaar Arrangement Participating States.” These consultations will be of particular significance for companies engaged in the export or transfer from Canada of encryption goods, software or technology or items that have been designed or modified to use or work with encryption.

Encryption controls have been a challenge for many Canadian software and hardware vendors.