This week, the Treasury Department made news when it announced the reversal of a longstanding policy that prevented the sale of many electronic items to Iran. Among the banned items are devices such as cell phones and smartphones, wireless routers, and computers.
There are a few restrictions still in place; companies cannot sell directly to the Iranian government, only to individual citizens residing within Iran. Moreover, U.S. companies are still forbidden from selling merchandise to “any individual or entity on the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list.”
You can see the list of people and groups here; anyone on this cannot legally do business with any American, U.S. resident, or American company.
In part, the move is designed to offer Iranian citizens access to technology that may help them to get around government efforts to shield Iranians from the rest of the Internet. The new move also grants Iranians access to software and other technology, such as VPN access, that can aid in this effort.