The diverse Americans for Computer Privacy (ACP) group on Wednesday will fire a major salvo in its well-heeled campaign to urge the US government to leave strong encryption in place.
The group brings together the Software Publishers? Association and the National Rifle Association, with vendors including Microsoft, Netscape, Cisco, 3Com, Oracle and Sybase.
ACP will unveil plans for a multimedia ad blitz, including television spots, print ads and an online component. The campaign aims to educate the public and lawmakers on encryption and demonstrates the need for policies that protect the privacy rights of American citizens and the country's technological edge.
"ACP opposes new federal restrictions on the use of encryption products in the US and supports the sale of strong US encryption products to customers around the world," said a spokesperson.
While Republicans have hinted they are willing to relax export laws on encryption products, the Clinton administration is still in favour of the controls. It also supports national security agencies which say foreigners should not have encrypted information that could be damaging to the US.
The ACP had planned to launch a $15 million marketing campaign aimed at the Clinton administration earlier this year, but held off in the hope of negotiating a change of position with the government.
Politicians from both the Republican and Democratic parties will be represented at this week?s launch in Washington DC. Silicon Valley politicians will also attend.
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