I hope this isn't off-topic since I think it's a general issue that applies to many ICs.
I'm looking into buying a TI battery charger chip, but the datasheet alone seems to be restricted by the "U.S. Government export approval". Does that mean even buying a few samples would need such an approval?
The form for datasheet on the TI site asks for a name, an email address and an affiliation. How does the US Government conduct a meaningful assessment given the unreliable data? There's no verification involved but it takes 1-2 business days for processing.
To buy larger quantities, would one need special documents?