International Encryption Control: Navigating Differing Regulations and Exceptions

Overcoming Licensing and Classification Challenges and Implementing a Global Compliance Program

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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This CLE course will provide counsel for companies operating outside the U.S. with an examination of the compliance challenges with export control laws for use of encryption. The panel will offer best practices to understand and comply with the encryption export control laws of the United States and other countries.


Following leaks of sensitive information and the threats posed by hackers, more and more companies are investing in the use of encryption to guard confidential data. For companies operating outside the U.S., they must take into account the myriad of regulations that countries have regarding encryption.

While some countries limit or prohibit the use of encryption, others restrict the import or export of encrypted data or technology. To protect sensitive information that requires encryption, companies and their counsel must be able to navigate the complex array of rules governing global encryption.

With potentially harsh penalties for violating export control laws as well as import and use regulations of other countries, counsel to companies using encryption must understand the legal limits and risks.

Listen as our authoritative panel examines the encryption controls of the U.S., EU and Asia and their exceptions, and discusses strategies for complying with the regulations. The panel will also discuss implementing a compliance program, addressing licensing and classification challenges.



  1. Encryption export controls
    1. U.S.
    2. EU
    3. Asia
  2. Global compliance challenges
    1. Licensing
    2. Classification
  3. Compliance strategies


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What strategies should counsel employ to safely navigate global encryption laws while protecting confidential information?
  • What are the limitations placed on importing encrypted data or technology?
  • What steps can companies and counsel take to ensure encrypted information reaches the intended recipient without violation of encryption control laws?


Thaddeus R. McBride
Thaddeus R. McBride

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton

Mr. McBride represents companies and individuals in international trade regulatory, compliance, investigative, and...  |  Read More

Martina de la Torre
Martina de la Torre
Sr. Manager, Global Trade Compliance

Ms. de la Torre manages trade compliance automation services for Symantec and provides corporate compliance solutions...  |  Read More

Bill Vawter
Bill Vawter
Manager, Trade Compliance

Mr. Vawter is an attorney responsible for product classification, internal compliance controls, business process...  |  Read More

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