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2000 ACTIVITY REPORT

Critical Information Infrastructure Protection

  • Developed principles regarding the proper roles for industry and government with respect to promoting internet security.
  • Met with key Administration officials (NSC, DOJ, DOC, NSA) to discuss Administration activities and explained ACP’s principles.
  • Supported adequate funding for CIIP programs (CIAO, NIPC, cyber crime enforcement).
  • Urged the government to get its own computer security house in order.
  • Opposed legislation giving government standard setting authority over Internet security, new powers of surveillance, or explicit extension of existing government authorities to the Internet.
  • Testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on ACP’s principles and about the problems with the Hatch-Schumer bill (S. 2448).
  • Worked with members of Congress to improve legislation promoting information sharing (Davis-Moran H.R. 4246) and protection of electronic information (Canady H.R. 5018; Leahy S. 2430 and Hatch/Leahy/Schumer Internet Security Act amendment to HR 46).
  • Educated members of Congress and the public that the primary threat to the privacy of Americans at home and work is unwarranted and increased governmental monitoring and surveillance.
  • Worked with the U.S. Department of Justice DOJ to ensure that the proposed Council Of Europe Cybercrime Treaty does not require data storage or the adoption of new technological capabilities for real-time data interception.

Encryption

  • Led the successful effort to significantly liberalize U.S. encryption export control policy as reflected in the January 2000 regulations.
  • Succeeded in obtaining further regulatory relief in October 2000 maintaining an even international playing field in light of the EU liberalizing its policies (effectively license free export to EU +8 countries).
  • Continue to pressure the Administration to further liberalize U.S. encryption export controls by removing remaining regulatory complexity and burdensome and unnecessary reporting requirements.


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