U.S. Restricts U.A.E. Firm for Web Filter Sale to Syria

The Department of Commerce is placing restrictions on a person and a company in the United Arab Emirates for supplying Syria with Internet-filtering devices made by California-based Blue Coat Systems Inc.

On Thursday, Commerce said it put Waseem Jawad and the Ras Al Khaimah-based company Info Tech, also known as Infotec, on a list of people and institutions determined to “have engaged in activities contrary to U.S. national security and/or foreign policy interests.”

The measure restricts Mr. Jawad and Info Tech from receiving or transferring items that fall under U.S. export controls. Export licenses would be required, which likely would be denied by the U.S. government, according to Commerce Department officials. Neither Mr. Jawad nor the company could be reached to comment.

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