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CompTIA Expresses Concern Over Burr-Feinstein Encryption Bill

Apr 13, 2016

Security and Privacy Would Take a Major Hit

Washington – CompTIA, the Computing Technology Industry Association, released the following statement on the recently-circulated draft of the Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016 from Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Diane Feinstein (D-CA). The draft bill would require companies whose products facilitate communications or store data to comply with all court orders to provide the government with unencrypted data if that data is encrypted or to assist the government in unencrypting encrypted data. The following statement should be attributed to Elizabeth Hyman, Executive Vice President, CompTIA:

“The tech industry is committed to keeping our country safe, and we appreciate Senators Feinstein’s and Burr’s efforts to bolster our national security, but we have concerns about the methods this bill uses to do so. In its current form, the draft bill undermines the security and privacy features of products across the tech industry. The IT industry relies on accepted and trusted standards that protect individual privacy, and embraces innovation as a means of growth and  competitiveness in a global market.  We agree with well-respected thought leaders in the intelligence and law enforcement communities that believe the growing threat of terrorism can be countered without restricting consumer privacy and security or limiting innovation within the industry. We look forward to working with the Senators and their staffs in hopes of crafting a bill that meets these important objectives.”

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About CompTIA Advocacy
Through its advocacy arm, CompTIA champions member-driven business and IT priorities that impact all information technology companies – from small managed solutions providers and software developers to large equipment manufacturers and communications service providers. CompTIA gives eyes, ears and a voice to technology companies, informing them of policy developments – and providing the means to do something about it. 

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