Google welcomes US relaxing software export rules

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Associated Press

Posted on March 9, 2010 at 6:00 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 9 at 6:00 AM

GENEVA (AP) — Google's director of policy communications has welcomed the U.S. Treasury Department's decision to relax restrictions on exporting Internet communications services to Iran, Sudan and Cuba.

Bob Boorstin told a human rights meeting in Geneva on Tuesday that the move "is a great accomplishment" that will help activists around the world.

The Treasury said the change to existing trade sanctions was intended to help people "exercise their most basic rights" with the help of instant messaging service and e-mail.

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