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For Immediate Release
09 June 1999
Contact:
Sue Richard
202-625-1256
suer@dittusgroup.com

 

ACP MEMBER TO TESTIFY AT SENATE COMMERCE COMMITTEE HEARING ON THE PROTECT ACT (S. 798)
WHAT: Legislative hearing on S. 798, the PROTECT Act, before the Senate Commerce Committee. Introduced by Senator John McCain (R-AZ), and co-sponsored by Senator Conrad Burns (R- MT) and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), the PROTECT Act seeks to reform current encryption policy. ACP sees the bill as "a significant step in the right direction," but believes it doesn’t go "as far or as fast" as H.R.850, the Security and Freedom (SAFE) Act under consideration in the House of Representatives. Dr. Lance Hoffman of The George Washington University will unveil a study entitled GROWING DEVELOPMENT OF FOREIGN ENCRYPTION PRODUCTS IN THE FACE OF U.S. EXPORT REGULATIONS.
WHO: Jim Bidzos, Chairman, RSA Data Security and a member of Americans for Computer Privacy; Dr. David Aucsmith, Chief Security Architect, Intel Corporation; and Professor Lance Hoffman, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Cyberspace Policy Institute, George Washington University. Government witnesses include William Reinsch, Undersecretary of Commerce, Bureau of Export Administration; Honorable James Robinson, Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, Department of Justice; and Barbara McNamara, Deputy Director, National Security Agency.
WHERE: 253 Russell Senate Office Building
WHEN: Thursday, June 10, 1999, 9:30 a.m.
BACKGROUND: Americans for Computer Privacy (ACP) is a broad-based coalition that brings together more than 100 companies and 40 associations representing financial services, manufacturing, high-tech, telecommunications 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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