An international data security concept proposed in 1996 by Hewlett- Packard Co. has won U.S. government approval.

HP announced Friday that it had obtained the coveted right to export strong forms of data encryption as part of its Versecure technology. Previously known as ICF-International Cryptography Framework-Versecure can immediately be offered in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Denmark, and Australia, as well as the United States and Canada.

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