Internet-enabled technologies now give all types of users, including individuals, businesses, governments and non-profits, unprecedented control over the content and services they interact with, and the devices and applications they use. The revolution in cloud computing and mobile technologies means that users are no longer tethered to particular locations or devices. Cloud computing has allowed both businesses and individuals to harness massive computing and storage power without needing to buy software or purchase and host the underlying infrastructure themselves.
The Internet Association supports policies that allow all users to take full advantage of the product innovations that technology makes available to them rather than have their choices limited by government mandates. The Internet Association also supports policies that recognize the diversity and value of the business models used by various players in the Internet ecosystem.
Today, the Internet Association, along with a number of civil society organizations, technology companies, trade associations, and security and policy experts, submitted a letter to President Obama calling for the White House to reject any proposal that requires U.S. technology companies to weaken encryption standards on devices and services in order to maintain the capability to decrypt customer data at the government’s request.