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No, this is not true. I think Evernote has been misinformed.

If all you are doing is encrypting data with a standard algorithm, it takes less than 30 minutes to fill out the paperwork to get an encryption registration number (ERN). Total turnaround time when I've done it has been about two weeks.

There are some exceptions. If you are trying to export cryptanalytic software or doing something non-standard, you may have delays.

http://www.bis.doc.gov/encryption/enc_faqs.htm




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