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[liberationtech] FinFisher is now controlled by UK export controls

Chris Ball cjb at
Mon Sep 10 11:12:05 PDT 2012


On Mon, Sep 10 2012, Eric King wrote:
>     The Secretary of State, having carried out an assessment of the
>     FinSpy system to which your letter specifically refers, has
>     advised Gamma International that the system does require a licence
>     to export to all destinations outside the EU under Category 5,
>     Part 2 (‘Information Security’) of Annex I to the Dual-Use
>     Regulation. This is because it is designed to use controlled
>     cryptography and therefore falls within the scope of Annex I to
>     the Dual-Use Regulation. The Secretary of State also understands
>     that other products in the Finfisher portfolio could be controlled
>     for export in the same way."

Are privacy-enhancing technologies subject to the same restrictions?
"Controlled cryptography" seems very broad.


- Chris.
Chris Ball   <cjb at>   <>
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