The U.S. government has granted Network Associates a license to export its PGP encryption software -- a move that the company termed "landmark" in an announcement Monday.
The license will allow Network Associates to ship its full-strength PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) encryption software to most nations worldwide without restriction. Exports to some countries -- such as Cuba and Iraq -- remain off limits even as the Clinton administration moves toward loosening restrictions.
The decision to grant the license precedes the expected new export control policy from the White House, another fact hailed by Network Associates in its written announcement Monday. The move will "point the way" for other U.S. companies, including those who sell products online, the Santa Clara-Calif.-based security software vendor said.