Protecting the Freedom to Encrypt

June 28, 2018 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Widespread availability of advanced encryption technology has improved security for consumers and businesses. But as digital products and services have become more secure, some in the law enforcement and intelligence communities have voiced concerns that encryption inhibits their ability to prevent terrorism and prosecute crimes. For example, the Department of Justice is exploring a potential legal mandate requiring companies to design their technologies to allow law enforcement to access consumer data during criminal investigations. While it is important for law enforcement to have the right tools to prevent and solve crimes, history suggests that attempts to limit encryption are impractical, impede progress in information security, create new cybersecurity vulnerabilities, and make it more difficult for U.S. companies to compete abroad.

Please join ITIF for an expert panel discussion on how policymakers can protect consumer and business access to encryption and put in place policies that both encourage advances in cryptography and protect the rule of law. This event will feature opening remarks by U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA).

This event will be recorded and video will be posted here as soon as it is available.

Follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #ITIFencryption

For more information and to register visit:

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, HVC-200
1st Street NE
Washington, DC
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