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Bills In Congress

Currently, One encryption related bill is pending before the House of Representatives. Additional bills are expected to be introduced in the Senate later in 1999. See below of summaries and linnks to additional information about each bill.

Also, check out our archive of encryption bills from the 105th Congress (1997 - 1998).

Encryption Bills in the 106th Congress:

The "Security and Freedom Through Encryption Act"
(SAFE, HR 850)

    The Security and Freedom through Encryption Act (SAFE), championed by Representatives Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), and cosponsored by a solid, bi-partisan majority of the U.S. House of Representatives, is designed to promote privacy, security, and competitiveness in the Informaiton Age. HR 850, similar to the previous version of SAFE, and would:

    • Affirm Americans' freedom to use the strongest possible encryption.

    • Defeat attempts to force Americans to provide the government with some government-approved "third party" with "keys" to their encrypted information.

    • Allow the U.S. to compete in the rapidly growing market for strong encryption products.

    Americans for Computer Privacy enthusiastically supports SAFE. The bill also enjoys support from the financial services industry, the health care industry, privacy organizations, both liberal and conservative think tanks and the high-tech community, among others.

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