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For Immediate Release
January 22, 1999
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Sue Richard or Kristin Litterst
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ACP STATEMENT ON ADMINISTRATION'S CYBER-TERRORISM INITIATIVES

Washington, DC--(January 22, 1999)--The following statement was issued today by Ed Gillespie, Executive Director of Americans for Computer Privacy (ACP) in response to the Clinton Administration's new initiatives to fight cyber-terrorism.

ACP is very pleased that President Clinton recognizes the importance of protecting the nation's critical infrastructure from cyber-attack. However, we wish he had acknowledged that this important job can best be done by sophisticated encryption technology produced by U.S. high-tech companies. Strong encryption works to prevent these crimes and is essential to fighting cyber-terrorism.

The Administration's policy of restricting American companies from exporting encryption stronger than 56-bits threatens the very goal of protecting our national infrastructure. Dozens of foreign countries currently allow for the export of 128-bit encryption around the world. Foreign companies are advertising on their web sites that they offer encryption products that cannot be exported by the U.S. If this short-sighted policy continues, U.S. leadership in encryption technology will suffer and the protection of our critical infrastructure could one day depend on foreign-made encryption.

Americans for Computer Privacy (ACP) is a broad-based coalition that brings together more than 100 companies and 40 associations representing financial services, manufacturing, telecommunications, high-tech and transportation, as well as law enforcement, civil-liberty, pro-family and taxpayer groups. ACP supports policies that advance the rights of American citizens to encode information without fear of government intrusion, and advocates the lifting of current export restrictions on U.S.-made encryption.


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