February 10, 2016

WASHINGTON – The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), the global voice of the tech sector, released the following statement from Senior Vice President for Government Affairs Andy Halataei on the Ensuring National Constitutional Rights for Your Private Telecommunications (ENCRYPT) Act of 2016, a bipartisan bill that would preempt state and local government encryption laws to ensure a uniform, national policy for the interstate issue of encryption technology:

“We rely on encryption every day to stop criminals from draining our bank accounts, to shield our cars and airplanes from malicious hackers, and to secure our critical infrastructure. State mandates that either ban strong encryption technology, or require the design of intentional vulnerabilities, are untenable from both a security and policy standpoint. When states regulate technology, an unwieldy and often unenforceable patchwork of laws results, and in this context, it would also create a caste system of digital protection based on the state in which you live. The level of security citizens enjoy should not be determined by the state of their residence. ITI commends Reps. Lieu, Farenthold, Bishop, and DelBene for their leadership on the ENCRYPT Act,” Halataei said.

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Public Policy Tags: Cybersecurity, Data & Privacy