Regulators seek to limit security software exports

The comment period on a proposed set of software export restrictions ends next Monday, and the rules, as written, would severely restrict international sales, deployment, research and even discussion of cybersecurity tools and exploits, experts say.

The Wassenaar Arrangement is an international agreement designed to curb the global arms trade. It dates back to the 1996, and was updated in 2013 to include cybersecurity technology. It’s up to each country to decide how to implement it, and, according to experts, this proposal goes farther than what the European Union adopted last year — and farther than the Wassenaar Agreement itself requires.

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