REP LIEU INTRODUCES BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN U.S. ENCRYPTION LAWS
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) and Congresswoman Nancy Mace (R-SC) reintroduced the Ensuring National Constitutional Rights for Your Private Telecommunications (ENCRYPT) Act. The bill, which was reintroduced with Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA) and Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA), would preempt state and local government encryption laws to ensure a uniform, national policy for the interstate issue of encryption technology.
Upon introduction, the Members released the following statements:
“Having a patchwork of 50 different mandatory state-level encryption standards creates cyber vulnerabilities, threatens individual privacy, and undermines the competitiveness of American innovators,” said Rep. Lieu. “I’m pleased to lead this bipartisan effort to ensure a uniform, national policy for encryption technology. Strong encryption standards are vital to protecting our nation’s security and Americans’ privacy – and cybersecurity is a national issue that requires a national response. Our legislation is a crucial step toward securing strong encryption for all Americans.”
“From Social Security numbers to health information, Americans entrust their private data to countless companies and government agencies every single day. But many businesses are being pushed by law enforcement to intentionally weaken their security, creating deliberate backdoors in their software, putting millions of Americans’ personal information at risk. The ENCRYPT Act ensures every American business, non-profit, and government agency can do all they can to protect our citizens’ vital information,” said Rep. Mace.
“Keeping people’s information secure must be a priority for Congress. Without a national encryption policy, we cannot effectively protect personal data, leaving people susceptible to attacks from bad actors,” said Rep. DelBene. “This legislation unifies our encryption methods to provide security to the American people while ensuring that advances in technology can continue to grow.”
“Robust encryption is critical for protecting the online privacy and security of all Americans and it’s essential for national security. I’ve long opposed government attempts to mandate backdoors, and I’m proud to partner with Reps. Lieu, Mace, and DelBene on the ENCRYPT Act to ensure state and local laws cannot jeopardize the security of all Americans by weakening encryption,” said Rep. Eshoo.
The ENCRYPT Act is endorsed by the Open Technology Institute (OTI), EFF, the App Association, Internet Association, and Engine.