Tech groups call on presidential candidates to support encryption, embrace other IT issues
U.S. presidential candidates should embrace encryption and narrow government access to Internet users’ data as part of a comprehensive technology agenda, IT trade groups say.
While the FBI and some lawmakers have pushed in recent months for encryption workarounds in criminal investigations, presidential candidates should “recognize encryption as a critical security tool,” 13 tech trade organizations said in a set of tech policy recommendations released late Wednesday.
By narrowly targeting governments’ access to consumer data, the next president can promote global trust in digital goods and services, said the groups, representing hundreds of tech companies. Trade groups signing the letter included the Telecommunications Industry Association, the Consumer Technology Association, and BSA.