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For Immediate Release
(20 August 1999)
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Sue Richard or Kristin Litterst
(202) 625-1256
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ACP CITES CYBERSPACE ELECTRONIC SECURITY ACT PROPOSAL AS EVIDENCE OF NEED FOR PASSAGE OF SAFE ACT

Washington, DC-- —August 20, 1999—The following statement was issued today by Ed Gillespie, Executive Director of Americans for Computer Privacy (ACP) concerning the Cyberspace Electronic Security Act proposed by the Justice Department:

"The Cyberspace Electronic Security Act is an unprecedented attempt by the Clinton Administration to impose ‘big brother’ monitoring powers over American citizens. This proposal makes clear the need for Congress to pass the Security and Freedom Through Information (SAFE) Act which would secure our rights to use encryption to protect personal information and communications in the Information Age. SAFE Act supporters understand that encryption prevents on-line crime, and that the right to privacy is not negotiable. The fact is that current laws provide law enforcement broad powers to obtain information. This proposal—offered as an alternative to a failed attempt to impose a third party encryption key scheme on the American public--is an affront to all law-abiding citizens."


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