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For Immediate Release:
April 15, 1998
Sue Richard or Bryant Hilton 202/625-1256
suer@dittusgroup.com
bryanth@dittusgroup.com
ACP Executive Director Ed Gillespie Responds to Commerce Secretary William Daley's Comments on Encryption

Washington, D.C. -- (April 15) The following remarks were issued today by Ed Gillespie, Executive Director of Americans for Computer Privacy, in response to Commerce Secretary William Daley's comments on encryption included in his speech to the Information Technology Policy Council:

"Secretary Daley has applied a much needed reality check to the Administration's encryption policies. The White House should treat his remarks as an opportunity to reconsider counterproductive export restrictions against U.S. companies and allow them to maintain a leading edge in technology -- rather than ceding it to foreign companies who will not be helpful to U.S. law enforcement the way American companies have been."

Americans for Computer Privacy (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. ACP brings together more than 80 companies and 30 associations representing financial services, manufacturing, telecommunications, high-tech and transportation, as well as liberal and conservative groups.


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