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[liberationtech] FinFisher is now controlled by UK export controls

Pavol Luptak wilder at trip.sk
Wed Sep 12 15:30:34 PDT 2012


On Mon, Sep 10, 2012 at 08:17:37PM +0100, Ryan Gallagher wrote:
>    Export controls on cryptographic items is not a new development in the UK
>    or anywhere else -
>    https://www.gov.uk/specialist/export-of-cryptographic-items
> 
>    The question in the case of FinSpy was whether it was to be classed as a
>    Dual Use item. The UK government appears to now be recognising that FinSpy
>    is indeed a Dual Use item and falls under Annex I of EC export
>    regulations. Annex I is designed to control exports of goods
>    (cryptographic or otherwise) "designed or modified for military use." So
>    what the UK government is implicitly recognising here is that FinSpy can
>    be used as a military tool -- a bit like a weapon -- and should be subject
>    to the same controls. If they implement this, it will mean Gamma will have
>    to make an application for every sale it wants to make outside of the EU,
>    and this will have to be assessed with the Dual Use criteria in mind. So
>    any export will have to be considered in terms of "the respect of human
>    rights and fundamental freedoms in the country of final destination." If
>    the UK government suspects it could be used for internal repression in the
>    country of final destination, for example, they will (theoretically at
>    least) refuse the export.

Any reason why should Gamma International (UK) Ltd. stay in the UK and 
respect this funny regulation? 

There so many countries in the world where they can do a business with no such 
regulations and really low taxes... :-)

And of course - all economical regulations will just support these countries
(including offshores..)

Pavol
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