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For Immediate Release
(06 May 1999)
Contact:
Sue Richard or Kristin Litterst
202-625-1256
suer@dittusgroup.com / kristinl@dittusgroup.com

 

ACP STATEMENT ON NINTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS RULING

Washington, DC-- Washington, DC—May 6, 1999—The following statement was issued today by Ed Gillespie, Executive Director of Americans for Computer Privacy (ACP) in response to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on Bernstein vs. U.S. Department of Justice:

"ACP applauds the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for it’s 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. Regardless of how the courts ultimately rule on the constitutional issues, current export restrictions on U.S.-made encryption threaten our leadership role in this vital technology, and ultimately our national security. We hope that the court’s decision will spur Congress to enact the Security and Freedom through Encryption (SAFE) Act."

Read the decision of the Ninth Circuit.

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 current export restrictions on U.S.-made encryption.


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