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Washington, D.C. – Abigail Slater, Internet Association Vice President of Legal and Regulatory Policy, issued the following statement on today’s Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing, Going Dark: Encryption, Technology, and the Balance Between Public Safety and Privacy:

“Today’s Senate hearing on encryption raises important issues for the future of the Internet. Proposals to mandate weakened encryption would undermine security and end user confidence in the Internet without any clear national security benefits. Strong encryption protects billions of global end users from countless privacy threats ranging from financial fraud to repressive governments stifling speech and democracy. Instead of forcing companies to lower their security standards, policymakers should promote and protect the wide adoption of strong encryption technology.”