I've always heard someone justify the means for export restrictions with "it's for governmental control/spying". In most reasonable countries, the justice system asks people to adhere to the "spirit of the law".
What is "spirit of the law" regarding cryptography I should be aware of?
Are there any themes that are common, outside a countries borders?
Possible answers may be
- the protection of Intellectual Property
- the desire to protect corporate assets in a given country (as these businesses pay taxes)
- to protect the online identity of their citizens (in the case of certificates issued to individuals).
For those people doing business in unreasonable countries, I'll bet they have more worries than just the cryptographic security of your data.... so I don't think there is any "spirit of the law" to be concerned about.