NetAction's Guide to Using Encryption Software

How do I find out whether a particular encryption program is legally available where I live?

Many programs and algorithms used for security purposes are not available outside of the United States because of U.S. export law. Some policy makers are now calling for increased restrictions on the use of encryption in response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Before acquiring or using any encryption software, you will need to make sure that it is legal to use in your location. In most cases, this information will be included in the licensing agreement. When downloading or installing software, read the licensing agreements. For the software reviews in this guide, we've tried to ascertain whether the programs are available outside of the U.S., but ultimately it's up to you to determine whether a given program is legal to use where you live. Some of the links provided below may help.

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