Computer & Communication Industry Association
PublishedJanuary 13, 2000

CCIA PRAISES NEW ENCRYPTION EXPORT REGULATIONS

Washington, DC- The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) has long supported the elimination of ineffective and counterproductive encryption export controls and applauds the Clinton Administration for fulfilling the promise of unburdening our industry from these unwise and unnecessary restrictions.

In response to yesterday’s release of interim final regulations by the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Export Administration, CCIA President Edward J. Black stated, “We believe this is truly a sea change for the high-tech industry and consumers. Our members have been unanimous in their view that export controls have weakened electronic security on balance while tilting the marketplace so that domestic encryption products could not compete in the worldwide market. The Administration’s new regulations largely eliminate this inequity.”

Encryption is the primary means by which digital information and communications is protected from unauthorized access by hackers, criminals, spies, or just the curious. Through cryptography, computer users can scramble their data, rendering it indecipherable to interlopers.

CCIA has been a leader in efforts to persuade this and previous Administrations to eliminate encryption restrictions as well as efforts to enact legislation such as H.R. 850, the Security and Freedom through Encryption (SAFE) Act, which would lift most controls on encryption exports. “The SAFE bill really provided the impetus for this new policy, and its chief sponsors, Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia) and Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-California), deserve much of the credit for this victory.”

It took insight and courage to finally change the fundamental concepts of a flawed policy, and while the new regulations are somewhat complicated and leave some matters unaddressed, we believe that the interim final regulations will allow our companies to export their products and provide confidentiality and security to consumers.”

reading-tablet
  • Press Releases
  • Privacy

CCIA Offers Comments in Opposition to Florida’s Online Age Verification Bill

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association has sent a letter in opposition to Florida HB 1, which mandates age verification for online users, ahead of the Florida Senate’s...
reading-tablet
  • Press Releases
  • European Union
  • Telecom

Telecom Networks: European Commission Provides Last Lifeline for Rejected Big Telco Demands

Brussels, BELGIUM – Today, the European Commission presented a white paper on the future of the EU’s digital infrastructure. Although part of a non-legislative package, the paper does put forward ...
reading-tablet
  • Press Releases
  • Trade

CCIA to Testify at USTR Special 301 Hearing Wednesday

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association is participating in a hearing conducted by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on Wednesday to solicit input on the agenc...
reading-tablet
  • Press Releases
  • Privacy

CCIA Files Amicus Brief In Online Privacy Case

Washington - The Computer & Communications Industry Association filed an amicus brief asking the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to affirm the U.S. District Court’s grant of summary judgm...