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OFAC issues Iran GL and related FAQs

Financial Crimes Of Interest to Non-US Persons Department of Treasury OFAC Iran Internet

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On September 23, the U.S. Treasury Department issued Iran General License D-2, General License with Respect to Certain Services, Software, and Hardware Incident to Communications General License (GL), to add further authorizing guidance in line with changes in modern technology since the issuance of Iran GL D-1. According to Treasury, the Iranian government cut off Internet access for most of its citizens to prevent the viewing of its violent crackdown on peaceful protestors, provoked by the death of an individual in the custody of Iran’s Morality Police. Treasury further noted that the U.S. supports “the free flow of information and access to fact-based information to the Iranian people.” Highlights of the extended GL includes, among other things: (i) additional covered categories of software/services; (ii) additional authorization for the services that support the communication tools to assist ordinary Iranians in resisting repressive internet censorship and surveillance tools deployed by the Iranian regime; and (iii) the continued authorization of anti-virus and anti-malware software, anti-tracking software, mobile operating systems and related software, and anti-censorship tools and related software. The GL is effective immediately. The same day, Treasury published three frequently asked questions, which clarify GL D-2 and other information on Iran sanctions.