File under: learning about export control laws the hard way. From law firm Miller Canfield:
“Back in September 2011, Sixing Liu, a Chinese national-U.S. permanent resident, was charged by the U.S. Government for U.S. export control law violations. Liu allegedly took export-controlled technical data on military technology (Controlled Data) from his U.S. employer in New Jersey back to his home country of China on his laptop without a U.S. export control license…
The indictment made no allegations that the Controlled Data was actually disclosed by Liu to anyone in China, but rather simply the fact that Liu took the Controlled Data to China without a U.S. export control license constituted an export that was a violation of ITAR, whether disclosed or not.
’It’s not about taking work home,’ the prosecution stated. ‘This is not an environment where you can do that.’”
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