For Immediate Release
(23 November 1999)
ACP STATEMENT ON DRAFT ENCRYPTION REGULATIONS
Washington, DC-- The following statement was issued today by Ed Gillespie, Executive Director, Americans
for Computer Privacy (ACP) in response to the Administration’s release of draft regulations relating to encryption technology.
"The September 16 announcement indicated that all encryption products -- including mass
market products -- would be freely exportable to individuals and commercial firms the
world over, with the exception of the seven terrorist nations. The draft regulations make
progress, but fall short of the breakthrough announced in September. Instead of a clean
lifting of export restrictions, we have a complicated morass of regulations.
"Mass market products are inherently uncontrollable. Any failure by the regulations to
reflect that market reality will have the practical consequence of denying the intended
benefits of the new policy to an important segment of the information technology market.
ACP urges the Administration to ensure that U.S. high tech companies are allowed to
compete freely and fairly. The White House must assume greater leadership on this
critical issue or legislation will be necessary."
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 export restrictions on U.S.-made encryption.