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For Immediate Release
(13 July 1999)
Contact:
Sue Richard
202/625-1256
suer@dittusgroup.com

 

ACP LAUDS HOUSE INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE FOR ACTION ON SAFE ACT

Washington, DC-- The following statement was issued today by Americans for Computer Privacy (ACP) following today’s action by the House International Relations on H.R. 850, the Security and Freedom Through Encryption (SAFE) Act:

"ACP is extremely pleased that the International Relations Committee voted to favorably report the SAFE Act to the House, and we are particularly gratified by the large bi-partisan majority who voted for the measure—33 out of 38 votes. We applaud all of the lawmakers who chose to stand up for a new encryption policy that makes sense in today’s global marketplace, and offer special recognition to the Ranking Democrat on the committee, Representative Sam Gejdenson (D-CT). Mr. Gejdenson effectively led his colleagues through the mark-up process, offering insightful amendment language that resulted in sound legislation in the best interests of the nation. Mr. Gejdenson said it best today when he noted ‘we must not try to control the uncontrollable.’ Strong encryption is readily available worldwide, and export restrictions on U.S.-made encryption do nothing but jeopardize our position as the world’s technological leader. We are confident the House of Representatives will pass the SAFE Act in coming weeks."

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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