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July 13, 1998
Sue Richard/Monica Gliva 202/625-1256

Washington, D.C. (July 13) The following remarks were issued today by Ed Gillespie, Executive Director of Americans for Computer Privacy, in response to the announcement by thirteen leading high-tech companies of a "private doorbell" solution to the network encryption stalemate called "operation action":

"Today's announcement is a positive step that argues for a comprehensive policy solution like those found in the SAFE Act and the E-PRIVACY Act. It proves that market responses to customer demand can help meet the needs of law enforcement without infringing on the privacy rights of all Americans."

"This latest technological development is one more example of why market-driven approaches are better than federal restrictions against U.S. privacy rights and exports. Congress should act now to pass legislation that rejects any imposition of domestic controls or technological mandates, and lifts current restrictions against the sale of U.S. encryption products abroad."

Americans for Computer Privacy (ACP) is a broad-based coalition that brings together more than 90 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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