Forword. The following question I have asked at first at Law Stackexchange, because it has to do mainly with legal aspects of encryption and my assumption was, that there is the right place, https://law.stackexchange.com/questions/28181/bob-and-alice-are-trying-out-pgp-and-fail But the moderator in the law section had a different opinion so I want to ask the community here for help. I think the best would be, if a formulate the problem from scratch, so that anybody get an impression about what the problem is.

Encryption with PGP on the technical level is simple. Mainly because the software is available out of the box in any Linux distribution, is explained in detail by the manual and the RSA algorithm for distributing the public/private keys works reasonable well. I think, it is nearly impossible to not understand the usage of PGP or to encrypt a message the wrong way. But what is unclear, at least for me, is the legal aspect of using the software. My own investigation to the topic gave no exact result. I only found some hints, that strong encryption is discussed in anti-terrorism law and that means it is perhaps forbidden to use it in reality.

So my question is: Is PGP allowed for using it with a commercial purpose, or is the usage of software forbidden in general?

closed as off-topic by Anders, Steffen Ullrich, schroeder May 12 '18 at 22:14

This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason:

  • "This question does not appear to be about Information security within the scope defined in the help center." – Anders, Steffen Ullrich, schroeder
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  • Hi, are you asking about laws in a particular country, or more broadly about whether any country has laws that would restrict its use? Because the world is a big place, and laws vary a lot. – IMSoP May 12 '18 at 17:07
  • @IMSoP I'm asking if any country has laws that would restrict its use. – Manuel Rodriguez May 12 '18 at 17:15
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    This sounds lika a purely legal question, and not a technical one, so I dont think it is on topic here. Not sure if it would work on Law.SE, but note that it was put on hold as "unclear what you are asking". You could still try to clarify it there. Perhaps ask for help in comments or chat there. – Anders May 12 '18 at 17:22
  • @Anders: Ok, that sounds familiar. The best is, if you can put the question here on hold, so that I can clarify the situation with Law.SE. – Manuel Rodriguez May 12 '18 at 17:30
  • The US un-banned export back in the 90s, for one. – dandavis May 14 '18 at 20:37

I believe it is illegal in some countries, but it is certainly legal in the US and EU.

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