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For Immediate Release
(23 November 1999)
Contact:
Kristin Litterst
(202) 625-1256
Kristinl@dittusgroup.com

 

ACP STATEMENT ON DRAFT ENCRYPTION REGULATIONS

Washington, DC-- The following statement was issued today by Ed Gillespie, Executive Director, Americans for Computer Privacy (ACP) in response to the Administration’s release of draft regulations relating to encryption technology.

"The September 16 announcement indicated that all encryption products -- including mass market products -- would be freely exportable to individuals and commercial firms the world over, with the exception of the seven terrorist nations. The draft regulations make progress, but fall short of the breakthrough announced in September. Instead of a clean lifting of export restrictions, we have a complicated morass of regulations.

"Mass market products are inherently uncontrollable. Any failure by the regulations to reflect that market reality will have the practical consequence of denying the intended benefits of the new policy to an important segment of the information technology market. ACP urges the Administration to ensure that U.S. high tech companies are allowed to compete freely and fairly. The White House must assume greater leadership on this critical issue or legislation will be necessary."

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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