For Immediate Release:
SIIA Welcomes a Dialogue on Government Access to Information
Washington D.C. (February 29, 2016) – The head of public policy for theSoftware & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal association representing the software and digital content industries, today responded to bi-partisan legislation introduced by Representative Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Senator Mark Warner (D-VA).
Mark MacCarthy, SIIA’s Senior Vice President of Public Policy, issued the following statement:
“SIIA welcomes a process that leads to a balanced, reasonable dialogue between technologists, security experts, industry representatives, law enforcement and national security leaders. Strong encryption is essential for privacy, data security, and global commerce. Law enforcement access to information under appropriate due process is a common and well understood practice in the technology industry, and it is critical to keeping the public safe. But the issues here are complex, and we face the very real danger that overly broad access to secure systems could undermine the very safety and security we seek.
“The significant risk associated with this issue demands a thoughtful and deliberate response. Without a thorough and informed examination of the threats, Congress must avoid legislating new technology requirements – requirements that could ultimately harm national security more than help.”
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