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ACP PRAISES PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S COMPUTER SECURITY
107th Congress was a "Cyber Security Congress"
Posted Nov 21, 2002
ACP APPLAUDS INCLUSION OF INFORMATION-SHARING PROVISIONS IN LEGISLATION CREATING A DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
Group Commends Leadership of Rep. Tom Davis and Sen. Robert Bennett
Posted Nov 19, 2002
ACP JOINS OTHER ASSOCIATIONS IN OPPOSING TRANSFER OF NIST'S COMPUTER SECURITY DIVISION FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE TO THE PROPOSED DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
On September 9, 2002, ACP joined other associations in writing to Senators Lieberman and Thompson urging them to follow the lead of the House of Representatives and keep the CSD at the Department of Commerce.
Posted Sep 9, 2002
ACP URGES SENATE GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE TO INCLUDE IN ITS DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY BILL PROVISIONS PROTECTING VOLUNTARILY SHARED CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE INFORMATION
On July 22, 2002, ACP joined other associations in urging Committee members to include targeted protections to ensure that the private sector can voluntarily share critical infrastructure threat and vulnerability information.
Posted Jul 22, 2002
ACP URGES HOUSE GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE TO ADOPT DAVIS INFORMATION SHARING AMENDMENT
On July 10, 2002, ACP joined nine other associations in supporting an amendment to the Department of Homeland Security bill to remove legal roadblocks to the voluntary sharing of critical infrastructure threat information.
Posted Jul 10, 2002
ACP URGES CONSUMERS TO PROTECT THEMSELVES AT FTC CONSUMER INFORMATION SECURITY WORKSHOP
Americans for Computer Privacy (ACP) Executive Director Bruce Heiman today urged consumers to "GAS up in cyber space," to Guard Against Strangers on-line, because cyber security is a serious problem and cyber crime is real crime. Heiman urged consumers to protect themselves, saying "the tools exist and are available for individuals – and companies – to protect themselves if they take the threat seriously."
Posted May 20, 2002
ACP EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ADDRESSES RSA SECURITY CONFERENCE
ACP Executive Director Bruce Heiman warned that after September 11th government would be more inclined to begin regulating cybersecurity through technology mandates when it should be focused instead on improving its own cybersecurity and ability to fight cybercrime and should promote voluntary information sharing.
Posted Feb 18, 2002
ACP APPLAUDS INTRODUCTION OF DAVIS/MORAN CYBERSECURITY INFORMATION ACT
Americans for Computer Privacy welcomed the introduction today of badly-needed legislation to encourage companies to share information with the Government and others in the private sector about attacks on and vulnerabilities of computer networks and products as well as cyber-defenses and security solutions.
Posted Jul 10, 2001
ACP APPLAUDS FUNDING FOR INTERNET SECURITY PROGRAMS
Americans for Computer Privacy today thanked Congress for adequately funding various critical information infrastructure protection programs.
Posted Nov 3, 2000
ACP URGES CONGRESS TO FUND INTERNET SECURITY PROGRAMS
Americans for Computer Privacy (ACP) Executive Director Bruce Heiman today called on Congress to fund key programs to protect the nation’s critical information infrastructure before adjourning. In a letter sent to all Members of Congress, Heiman also urged Congress to continue opposing “attempts to use legitimate threats to computer security as a justification for granting to the government new powers of regulation or surveillance, or for imposing new burdens upon industry.”
Posted Sep 20, 2000
ACP FOCUSES ON CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROTECTION
Recent Internet viruses and denial of service attacks have shown that more needs to be done to protect America's critical information systems. ACP has adopted a set or principles for addressing this threat to the Critical Infrastructure.
Posted Apr 10, 2000
ACP STATEMENT ON THE POSTPONEMENT OF NEW ENCRYPTION REGULATIONS
ACP comments on the Administration's decision to postpone the issuing of new export regulations until 1/14/00.
Posted Dec 13, 1999
ACP STATEMENT ON DRAFT ENCRYPTION REGULATIONS
ACP said the Administration's draft regulations, "make progress, but fall short of the breakthrough announced in September."
Posted Nov 23, 1999
ACP APPLAUDS MODERNIZATION OF ENCRYPTION POLICY
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
Posted Sep 16, 1999
INFLUENTIAL EDITORS OF SLASHDOT SEND FIRST TELEGRAM IN SUPPORT OF SAFE ACT
Americans for Computer Privacy is proud to announce that its campaign to pass the SAFE Act, HR 850, has just earned the support of some influential members of the Internet community. (Includes picture)
Posted Sep 7, 1999
ACP CITES CYBERSPACE ELECTRONIC SECURITY ACT PROPOSAL AS EVIDENCE OF NEED FOR PASSAGE OF SAFE ACT
ACP comments on the Cyberspace Electronic Security Act proposed by the Justice Department.
Posted Aug 20, 1999
FIDNET PROPOSAL POINTS OUT NEED FOR STRONG ENCRYPTION
ACP expresses astonishment over the Administration proposal to set up the Federal Intrusion Detection Network (Fidnet) computer monitoring system -- while strong encryption is readily available and would serve the same purpose.
Posted Jul 28, 1999
ACP STATEMENT ON HOUSE AND SENATE COMMITTEE ACTION ON ENCRYPTION LEGISLATION
ACP congratulates both the House and Senate Commerce Committees for favorably reporting encryption policy reform legislation.
Posted Jun 23, 1999
ACP STATEMENT ON HOUSE COMMERCE SUBCOMMITTEE MARK-UP OF SECURITY AND FREEDOM THROUGH ENCRYPTION (SAFE) ACT
ACP applauds the efforts of the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Trade and Consumer Protection on H.R. 850, the SAFE Act.
Posted Jun 16, 1999
ACP TESTIFIES BEFORE SENATE COMMERCE COMMITTEE--PROTECT ACT A POSITIVE STEP, BUT DOES NOT GO FAR ENOUGH
At today's hearing before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, Jim Bidzos, vice chair, Security Dynamics Technologies, Inc. (parent company of RSA Data Security, Inc.) testified on behalf of Americans for Computer Privacy, that while S. 798, the PROTECT Act, is an improvement over current Administration encryption policy, it does not go far enough.
New study unveiled:
"Growing Development of Foreign Encryption Products in the Face of U.S. Export Regulations" (Available in PDF format.)
Cybercast Resources Available
Posted Jun 10, 1999
ACP URGES HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE TO SUPPORT SAFE ACT
In written testimony submitted by Jeff Smith, ACP counsel and former counsel of the CIA, to the House Intelligence Committee, Smith urged members of the committee to support the SAFE Act and cited a new German encryption policy as evidence that the Administration will have difficulty developing an enforceable international regime to control strong encryption.
Posted Jun 9, 1999
ACP MEMBER TO TESTIFY AT SENATE COMMERCE COMMITTEE HEARING ON THE PROTECT ACT (S. 798)
Jim Bidzos, Chairman, RSA Data Security and member of ACP will testify before the Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday, June 10, 1999, at 9:30 a.m. on S. 798, the PROTECT Act.
Posted Jun 9, 1999
ACP SEEKS SUPPORT FOR SAFE ACT IN TESTIMONY BEFORE HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE
ACP Counsel Jeffrey Smith today warned the House Subcommittee on International Economic Policy and Trade that America's current encryption export policy could cost the nation its global leadership position in information technology.
Posted May 18, 1999
ACP COUNSEL TO TESTIFY IN SUPPORT OF SECURITY AND FREEDOM THROUGH ENCRYPTION (SAFE) ACT
Jeffrey Smith, Counsel, Americans for Computer Privacy (ACP), will participate on a panel of witnesses tomorrow at a legislative hearing on H.R. 850, otherwise known as the SAFE Act.
Posted May 17, 1999
ACP STATEMENT ON NINTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS RULING
ACP applauds the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for its ruling today, finding export restrictions on encryption to be an unconstitutional prior restraint on speech. We oppose export controls because they are unwise, and now the Ninth Circuit has confirmed our further belief that these export controls violate fundamental First Amendment rights.
Posted May 6, 1999
ACP Counsel Jeffrey Smith Among Speakers At CFP '99
Jeffrey Smith will participate in a session entitled "Is Escrow Dead? And what is Wassenaar?" at the Computers, Freedom + Privacy conference currently underway in Washington, DC.
Posted Apr 7, 1999
Americans for Computer Privacy Welcomes Introduction of the PROTECT Act In U.S. Senate
Senator McCain and bill co-sponsors Conrad Burns (R-MT), Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) are to be congratulated for the PROTECT Act, which recognizes that the deployment of American-made encryption is in the best interests of this nation.
Posted Mar 31, 1999
Rep Chris Cox: Export of Encryption Technology Would be Liberating Force
Americans for Computer Privacy Lauds House Judiciary Committee for Action on SAFE Act
"ACP applauds Chairman Hyde and all of the members of the House Judiciary Committee who voted to support the SAFE Act during today's mark-up session. Like so many of their colleagues on both sides of the aisle, these lawmakers recognize the critical need for passage of this important piece of legislation which seeks to protect the privacy of all Americans in the age of electronic commerce....
Posted Mar 24, 1999
Americans for Computer Privacy Names New Coalition Manager
ACP members select political campaign and legislative affairs veteran to coordinate member company, association and individual activities.
Posted Mar 22, 1999
One issue on Capitol Hill has Conservatives and Liberals, Democrats and Republicans joining forces... ENCRYPTION!
The SAFE Act is on the fast track in Congress.
Posted Mar 22, 1999
ACP Testifies in Support of SAFE Act Before House Subcommittee: Urges Lawmakers to Support Encryption Reform
Speaking on behalf of Americans for Computer Privacy, Executive Director Ed Gillespie called on Congress to pass the SAFE Act. In remarks made during testimony before the House Subcommittee on Courts and Intellectual Property, Gillespie praised the leadership of Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), primary sponsors of the legislation, and asked their House colleagues to join them in support of reforming America's encryption policy. Listen to the cybercast of the hearing!
Posted Mar 4, 1999
ACP Executive Director To Testify In Support of SAFE Act
On Thursday March 4, 1999 the ACP Executive Director will testify in support of the Security and Freedom through Encryption Act (HR 850) before the House Subcommittee on Courts and Intellectual Property. The statement, along with a complete audio and video archive of the hearing will be available here on Friday March 5.
Posted Mar 3, 1999
ACP URGES PASSAGE OF SAFE ACT
On February 25, 1999, representatives of Americans for Computer Privacy (ACP) joined forces with lawmakers in support of the Security and Freedom through Encryption (SAFE) Act at a Capitol Hill news conference announcing re-introduction of the encryption policy reform legislation. Championed by Representatives Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), the SAFE Act seeks to protect Americans' right to use the strongest possible encryption, while lifting export restrictions on U.S.-made encryption.
Posted Feb 25, 1999
ACP TO JOIN LAWMAKERS FOR RE-INTRODUCTION OF SAFE ACT
ACP will join Representatives Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and others at a Press Conference on Tuesday February 25th to announce the re-introduction of the SAFE Act and mark the first anniversary of the formation of ACP.
Posted Feb 19, 1999
ACP COMMENDS SENATOR BURNS
With the introduction of what he has labeled the "Digital Dozen" -- twelve bills aimed at positioning America for the Digital Age -- Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT) has again demonstrated his leadership on issues of foremost importance as we enter the 21st century.
Posted Jan 29, 1999
ACP statement on administration's cyber-terrorism initiatives
ACP is very pleased that President Clinton recognizes the importance of protecting the nation's critical infrastructure from cyber-attack. However, we wish he had acknowledged that this important job can best be done by sophisticated encryption technology produced by U.S. high-tech companies. Strong encryption works to prevent these crimes and is essential to fighting cyber-terrorism.
Posted Jan 22, 1999
ACP Issues Statement on Encryption Policies
Within the last twenty-four hours two announcements have been made which reinforce ACP's position that U.S. encryption policy continues to be out of step with the technological realities of today's global marketplace.
Posted Jan 20, 1999
What does shopping online for Beanie Babies have to do with national security?
Americans for Computer Privacy Executive Director and ACP Counsel Jeffrey Smith invite you to join them for an update on coalition activities and encryption export policy at the 1999 RSA Data Security Conference and Expo.
Posted Jan 12, 1999
ACP statement on draft encryption regulations
At first glance, ACP considers today's action a crucial first step toward a well-balanced export policy. We and our Congressional allies have strongly advocated the need for a relaxation of encryption export regulations to make strong encryption products, that safeguard both commercial data and the privacy rights of individuals, more widely available. We appreciate the efforts of members of the Administration and the 105th Congress to get us to this point.
Posted Dec 30, 1998
Senator Bob Kerrey Calls on Congress to Address Encryption Reform in Next Congress.
In an October 12 speech on the Senate floor, Senator Bob Kerrey (D-NE) called for a renewed effort to address privacy and security on the Internet when Congress returns in January 1999. In his speech, Kerrey said: "Personal privacy in the digital world should not suffer at the hand of unreasonable export laws. Therefore, Congress should take action in the coming year to remove export restrictions on encryption products of any strength."
Posted Oct 13, 1998
Americans for Computer Privacy Calls for Action in 106th Congress
On October 7th Americans for Computer Privacy (ACP) sent a coalition letter to House and Senate leaders urging legislation in the next Congress that will build on the reforms in encryption policy recently announced by the Administration. At a press conference the same day, ACP also reported on the coalition's growth and future plans, as well as the response to its online advertising intiiative.
Posted Oct 8, 1998
Clinton Administration Announces Changes to Encryption Export Control Policy. ACP Reaction:
ACP Statement on Wassenaar General Software Note
The thirty-three member countries of the Wassenaar Agreement for export controls will convene in Vienna, Austria on September 17-18 to consider whether to place new blanket restrictions on exports of mass market encryption software. Unfortunately, the U.S. government is among the leading proponents of this damaging proposal.
Posted Sep 15, 1998
ACP Responds to Deputy Defense Secretary Hamre's Speech On Administration Encryption Policy
In response to a speech by Deputy Defense Secretary John Hamre on the Clinton Administration's encryption policy, ACP issued a letter outlining ACP's position on the issues raised.
Posted Aug 11, 1998
ACP Takes Encryption Message to TV, Print and Internet
On July 22, Americans for Computer Privacy (ACP) announced details of phase one of its multimedia advertising campaign, focused on educating the public and lawmakers on the encryption issue. Unveiled at a Capitol Hill news conference, the campaign includes 30-second television spots, one-page print ads and a far-reaching online component.
Posted Jul 22, 1998
ACP Announces Plans To Launch Ad Campaign
On July 22, 1998 Americans for Computer Privacy (ACP) will unveil plans for a multimedia ad campaign, including television spots, print ads and an online component. The campaign seeks to educate the public and lawmakers on the encryption issue and the need for policies that protect the privacy rights of American citizens and preserve the country's technological edge in this critical high-tech area.
Posted Jul 17, 1998
ACP Statement on "Private Doorbell" announcement.
Reps. Dick Armey and Bob Goodlatte urge fellow Republicans to support SAFE Act
On Wednesday, June 24, 1998, Republican Representatives Dick Armey and Bob Goodlatte urged their House Republican colleagues to support the SAFE Act (H.R. 695), stating that "Strong encryption is critical to protect our national information infrastructure from attack by hackers, thieves, spies, and terrorists."
Posted Jun 25, 1998
Forty-three Democrats call upon Speaker Newt Gingrich to schedule action on encryption legislation
Forty-three House Democrats, including House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt, Democratic Whip David Bonior and Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren,today called upon Speaker Newt Gingrich to schedule action on encryption export relief legislation prior to leaving for the July 4 recess.
Posted Jun 24, 1998
Democratic Leadership Council's Progressive Policy Institute Issues Paper calling on administration to ease encryption export controls
The paper states "The PPI believes that the Administration should ease current export controls on encryption technology, while Congress should establish a 'NET Center' to serve as a forum for bringing government and the technology industry together to find solutions to law enforcement's legitimate needs."
Posted Jun 23, 1998
ACP asks Administration to relax crypto export controls and abandon domestic restrictions on the use of privacy protecting technologies.
Posted Jun 4, 1998
ACP Statement regarding the June 9th meeting between FBI Director Louis Freeh, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and CEOs.
Participants will include representatives from a number of high-tech companies, including some ACP members.
Posted Jun 3, 1998
ACP Applauds Introduction of Ashcroft/Leahy/Burns "E-Privacy Act"
On Tuesday May 12, Senators Ashcroft (R-MO), Leahy (D-VT), and Burns (R-MT) introduced the "E-Privacy Act", a bill designed to protect individual privacy while at the same time addressing national security and law enforcement concerns and modernizing export controls on commercial encryption products.
Posted May 13, 1998
Commerce Secretary provides reality check to the Administration's encryption policies
In an April 15, 1998 speech, Commerce Secretary Richard Daley suggested that the Administration's efforts to find a "balanced" approach to encryption policy reform have not succeeded. In a response issued by ACP called on the Administration to "treat his remarks as an opportunity to reconsider counterproductive export restrictions"
Posted Apr 15, 1998
Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS) Praises ACP Ad Campaign
Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS), in a July 30 speech on the Senate Floor, praised the ACP Outreach campaign and called on Congress to act quickly to pass pro-privacy encryption legislation.
Posted Apr 1, 1998
Legal Scholars Respond to Dept of Justice Testimony
ACP Outside Counsels, Professor Richard Epstein of the University of Chicago Law School and Professor Kathleen M. Sullivan of Stanford Law School, have released a Constitutional critique of Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General Robert Litt's March 17, 1998 testimony before a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on encryption. While applauding the DOJ's announcement not to seek immediate legislation on the question of mandatory access to private encrypted messages, Professors Epstein and Sullivan argue that "reconciling the claims of privacy and security pose a more daunting challenge than Mr. Litt acknowledges".
Posted Mar 23, 1998
Senate Subcommittee Hearing Explores Privacy Issues
Leading Democrats reaffirm support for export relief
Americans for Computer Privacy Launched
Americans for Computer Privacy called on Congress to pass the SAFE Act. In remarks made during testimony before the House Subcommittee on Courts and Intellectual Property, Gillespie praised the leadership of Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), primary sponsors of the legislation, and asked their House colleagues to join them in support of reforming America's encryption policy. Listen to the cybercast of the hearing!
Posted Mar 3, 1998
ACP LAUDS HOUSE INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE FOR ACTION ON SAFE ACT
The House International Relations Committee has voted to report the SAFE Act to the House on vote of 33 to 5. ACP applauded all of the lawmakers who chose to stand up for a new encryption policy that makes sense in today’s global marketplace.
Posted Mar 3, 1998