UCSF Export Compliance
There are regulations under which certain technology, commodities and software can be transmitted overseas to individuals, including U.S. citizens, or to a foreign national on U.S. soil. The Department of State and the Department of Commerce oversee export regulations. Information is a commodity, and is subject to import/export rules. Most research work is exempt because it is destined for publication in journals. However, if you are working with a private entity who has control over your data, you may not be exempt. Contact Legal Affairs especially if you have signed any nondisclosure agreements. Most UCSF research activities are excluded from export controls under a general exception for "fundamental research". Many things require a license to export, your vendor has the most up to date information around exporting equipment. UCSF Ethics and Compliance can help if you are in doubt.
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