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For Immediate Release
(16 September 1999)
Contact:
Sue Richards or Kristin Litterst 202-625-1256
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ACP APPLAUDS MODERNIZATION OF ENCRYPTION POLICY
(Click here to see more resources on the White House encryption policy)

Washington, DC-- The following statement was issued today by Ed Gillespie, Executive Director, and Jack Quinn, Counsel, Americans for Computer Privacy (ACP) in response to the Administration's announcement of new encryption export regulations:

"We congratulate the Administration for providing the effective leadership this complicated issue deserves. Today's decision articulates a policy that is good for America, good for our nation's high-tech industry, and good for the tens of millions of Americans who use computers and want them to be secure.

"Having worked closely for the past 18 months with the Administration and Congress to ensure that America has a clear and realistic encryption policy, ACP is particularly gratified by today's announcement. We applaud the Administration for providing U.S manufacturers with a level playing field in the global high-tech marketplace. We also wish to pay tribute to those in Congress who tirelessly sought reforms through their support of the Security and Freedom Through Information (SAFE) Act-particularly Representatives Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and the bi-partisan leadership of the House. We also want to recognize Senators McCain and Leahy who championed the PROTECT and E-Rights bills in the Senate.

"ACP understands today's announcement to mean that all strengths and types of encryption hardware and software can be sold to individuals and businesses throughout the world, with the exception of the seven terrorist states. We understand that the Administration will replace the existing export licensing scheme with a simple technical review of products and reporting on sales where practical. Importantly, we understand that the Administration recognizes that the realities of mass market distribution mean it is impossible to report information on individual end users.

"This development is the new policy America needs to maintain its technological leadership, strengthen the government's abilities to protect our critical infrastructure, and fight crime in the Information Age. We look forward to working with the Administration and Congress in coming months on details and implementation of the new policy, and to do so in ways that do not jeopardize our statutory and constitutional rights to privacy."

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 export restrictions on U.S.-made encryption.


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