Under an interim final rule issued by the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) that is set to take effect on March 25, 2020, parties will be able to send, take or store unclassified technical data controlled for export under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) via foreign communications infrastructure when it is effectively encrypted using end-to-end encryption.

While this change may provide ITAR-registered companies some flexibility with the virtual storage and transmission of their technical data, using non-US based cloud storage is still not without risk.