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Registered: ‎03-03-2011
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Cryptography export restrictions?

We are based in Europe and have an existing, freely available app. We're considering adding a relatively simple but effective file encryption feature. We'd use a generally available and easily obtainable algorithm such as AES - a Belgian invention.


I've read Export Control Restrictions for App World and am trying to figure out what it means.

Some concrete questions:


  1. Don't all BB apps contian at least some "US technology"? After all, C/C++, Java, AIR, Webkit, Android all have roots in the US.
  2. We're in the EU and are exporting to and re-exporting from Canada as described in these notes. Why would US regulations even apply?
  3. Is App World smart enough to interpret these export restrictions intelligently, or does it just block downloads to broad regions? What about, for instance, China, where AFAIK export to end-users is permitted but export to government users is not?
  4. As App World is not even available in "really sensitive" countries such as Iran, North Korea and Syria, would export restrictions have any impact for app devs? 
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Registered: ‎10-16-2009
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Re: Cryptography export restrictions?

Some great questions that I unfortunately don't have the answers to. I would suggest submitting a ticket then posting back with the answers you receive:


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