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The Department of State has released a guidance for exporters of items with intended and unintended surveillance capabilities. The goal of the guidance is to provide exporters with insights and considerations to think about prior to exporting their items. The draft guidance, “U.S. Government Guidance for the Export of Hardware, Software and Technology with Surveillance Capabilities and/or Parts/Know-How” has been published and the Department of State is looking for public feedback (e.g. line edits, and accompanying rationale, are welcome). The draft guidance will be removed on October 4, 2019 so comments must be received before then. For those interested, please send your feedback to

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