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For Immediate Release
(17 May 1999)
Contact:
Sue Richard
(202) 625-1256
suer@dittusgroup.com

 

ACP COUNSEL TO TESTIFY IN SUPPORT OF SECURITY AND FREEDOM THROUGH ENCRYPTION (SAFE) ACT

Washington, DC--

WHO: Jeffrey Smith, Counsel, Americans for Computer Privacy (ACP) will participate on a panel of witnesses, including: Alan Davidson, Staff Counsel, Center for Democracy and Technology; Dinah Po Kempner, Deputy General Counsel, Human Rights Watch; Ira Rubinstein, Senior Corporate Attorney, Microsoft Corporation; Gene Voegtlin, Legislative Counsel, International Association of Chiefs of Police; and David Wise, Vice President of Product Mar- keting, CITRIX Corporation. Government witnesses comprising a panel include: William Reinsch, Undersecretary of Commerce, Bureau of Export Administration; Barbara McNamara, Deputy Director, National Security Agency; and Ron Lee, Assistant Attorney General, National Security, Department of Justice.

WHAT: Legislative hearing on H.R. 850, the Security and Freedom through Encryption (SAFE) Act, before the House Subcommittee on International Economic Policy and Trade. Championed by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), the SAFE Act has 253 co-sponsors. The bill seeks to protect Americans’ right to use the strongest possible encryption, while lifting export restrictions on U.S.-made encryption. The SAFE Act was favorably reported by the House Judiciary Committee earlier this year.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 18, 1999, 2 p.m.

WHERE: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

BACKGROUND: Americans for Computer Privacy is a broad-based coalition that brings together more than 100 companies and 40 associa- tions representing financial services, manufacturing, high-tech, telecommunications and transportation, as well as law enforcement, civil liberty, pro-family and taxpayer groups. ACP supports the SAFE Act and policies that advance the rights of American citizens to encode information without fear of government intrusion and advocates the lifting of current export restriction U.S.-made encryption.


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