Information necessary for the operation, installation, maintenance, repair, overhaul, and refurbishing of equipment.
- ITAR : The ITAR may even consider information necessary for the simple “operation” of equipment controlled technical data – it would depend on the specific technology.
- EAR : The threshold for Use Technology under the EAR is much higher. To be considered controlled “use technology”, the technical data should contain substantially all of the following six elements for the use of the EAR controlled item:
In other words, a user manual that only provides instructions on “operation, installation, and maintenance” of an EAR controlled item would not be considered controlled technical data because it was missing the other three elements of Use Technology (repair, overhaul, and refurbish).
Important Note: While EAR “Use Technology” requires a threshold involving all six elements of use described above, “Development and Production Technology” for EAR controlled commodities has no such threshold.
 e.g. turn it on and make it function as designed