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For Immediate Release
(16 June 1999)
Contact:
Sue Richard
202-625-1256

 

ACP STATEMENT ON HOUSE COMMERCE SUBCOMMITTEE MARK-UP OF SECURITY AND FREEDOM THROUGH ENCRYPTION (SAFE) ACT

Washington, DC-- The following statement was issued today by Ed Gillespie, Executive Director of Americans for Computer Privacy (ACP) in response to today’s action by the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Trade and Consumer Protection on H.R. 850, the SAFE Act:

"ACP is very pleased that Chairman Tauzin and his colleagues on the subcommittee favorably reported the SAFE Act so quickly after holding a hearing. We applaud their efforts to complete work on this critically important legislation before the July 2 deadline. As was pointed out last week in a study released by the Cyberspace Policy Institute at George Washington University, foreign-made encryption products have increased by 22 percent in just 18 months. Time is of the essence as America’s technological leadership continues to erode in the global marketplace because of outdated encryption export policies. The time for action is now, and we are encouraged by today’s subcommittee vote on the SAFE Act."

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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