ACP Executive Director to Testify in Support of SAFE Act

ACP EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO TESTIFY IN SUPPORT OF SECURITY AND FREEDOM THROUGH ENCRYPTION (SAFE) ACT
WHO: Ed Gillespie, Executive Director of Americans for Computer Privacy, will participate on a panel of witnesses, including: Alan Davidson, Staff Counsel, Center for Democracy and Technology; Dave McCurdy, President, Electronic Industries Alliance; Craig McLaughlin, Chief Technology Officer, Privada; Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform; and Tom Parenty, Director, Data and Communications Security, Sybase, Inc. Government wit- nesses include: Barbara McNamara, Deputy Director, National Security Agency; William Reinsch, Undersecretary of Commerce For Export Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce; and Dorothy Denning, Professor, Computer Science Department, Georgetown University.
WHAT: Legislative hearing on H.R. 850, the Security And Freedom Through Encryption (SAFE) Act, before the House Subcommittee on Courts and Intellectual Property. Championed by Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), the SAFE Act was introduced on February 25, 1999 with 205 bipartisan original co-sponsors and seeks to protect Americans¹ right to use the strongest possible encryption, while lifting export restrictions on U.S.-made encryption.
WHEN: Thursday, March 4, 1999, 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: 2226 Rayburn House Office Building
BACKGROUND: Americans for Computer Privacy 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 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 restrictions on U.S-made encryption.