One issue on Capitol Hill has Conservatives and Liberals, Democrats and Republicans joining forces... ENCRYPTION!
Washington, DC-- Strong encryption, the technology that "encodes" computer files to protect privacy, is
critical to electronic commerce, our national security, and our nation's internationally
linked infrastructure--airport control systems, electric power grids, financial centers.
Protecting American interests requires that we be the world leaders in encryption
The SAFE Act is on the fast track in Congress and your Representative in Washington, as
a member of the House Judiciary Committee, will play a critical role this week in
determining the fate of this important piece of legislation.
The Security and Freedom through Encryption (SAFE) Act of 1999, seeks to protect
Americans' right to use the strongest possible encryption, while lifting export
restrictions on U.S.-made encryption.
Current export restrictions hamstring U.S. manufacturers from exporting strong encryption
products and threaten our nation's leadership role, as they don't provide a level playing
field in the global market place. This means lost market share, dollars and American
jobs. According to a study released last year by the Economic Strategy Institute,
encryption export controls will cost the U.S. economy $40 billion to $97 billion over the
next five years.
The Administration's Industrial Age policy ignores the fact that in the Information Age,
strong encryption products are widely available from more than 20 foreign countries
including Russia and Iran. In addition, strong encryption for many applications can be
downloaded from the Internet. This renders America's encryption export policy an exercise
THE TIME IS NOW TO INFORM YOUR LISTENERS...The encryption issue has a profound
impact on every citizen in this country and it needs to be discussed on the airwaves.
Policy makers in Washington need to hear from their constituents as they make decisions
that will determine whether or not America maintains its technological leadership in the
21st century. Americans for Computer Privacy, a broad-based coalition comprised of more
than 100 companies and 40 associations, can provide you with a knowledgeable guest with
insights on this issue that are sure to guarantee a thought-provoking program. Please call
Sue Richard or Kristin Litterst at 202-625-1256 to book a guest. To learn more, check out
our web site at www.computerprivacy.org
What lawmakers have to say about the SAFE Act:
"It has broad bi-partisan support in the Congress…because it is a common sense issue.
We think our country can and should compete." Democratic Minority Whip David Bonior
"This bill is good for America. And it is crucial to keeping America on the cutting
edge of new technologies and services. Government controls that block innovation in the
high-tech industry cost us our competitive advantage and ultimately cost us jobs."
Republican Majority Leader Richard Armey (R-TX)
"This bill is important for individual privacy, it is important for our national
security, and it is important for our ability to compete globally." Representative