Cybersecurity Researcher Vanessa Teague told Computerworld that the Defence Export Controls office would not renew a general permit to allow her to participate in an international cryptography research collaboration. Under Australia’s Defence Trade Controls Act, cryptography is a controlled export. Teague explained the DEC gave her permission to collaborate with Canada, Belgium and the U.K. but that additional permission would be required to interact with all other countries. “The intention of the research permits ... was that you didn’t have [to] specifically ask in advance for permission to communicate with particular countries,” Teague said.
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