July 17, 1996 - Issue: Vol. 142, No. 105 — Daily Edition104th Congress (1995 - 1996) - 2nd Session
ENCRYPTION; Congressional Record Vol. 142, No. 105
(Extensions of Remarks - July 17, 1996)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E1305] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] ENCRYPTION ______ HON. ANNA G. ESHOO of california in the house of representatives Wednesday, July 17, 1996 Ms. ESHOO. Mr. Speaker, yesterday the House of Representatives passed the Omnibus Export Administration Act of 1995 to improve export opportunities for American businesses. Unfortunately, this legislation did not address the limits placed on overseas sales of encryption products. Encryption technology can make electronic information indecipherable to anyone lacking the mathematical formula, or key, to unlock the data. It offers companies the promise of protection against hackers, the Government the promise of protection from terrorists, and for e-mail users the promise of privacy against prying eyes. It also offers the promise of $60 billion in potential export sales for American high tech companies by the year 2000. But these sales will remain out of reach unless the U.S. Government loosens restrictions on encryption exports to reflect the ready availability of powerful encryption products on the foreign market and through the Internet. Mr. Speaker, Congress needs to pass the Security and Freedom through Encryption Act. It's a bipartisan, commonsense approach to resolving a trade problem that's costing the high tech industry billions of dollars, and costing American citizens their right to privacy. ____________________