June 23, 2020

STATEMENT – National Center on Sexual Exploitation Supports Sen. Graham’s Encrypted Data Act

Washington, DC (June 23, 2020) – The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) has announced support for Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) “Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act,” which allows for law enforcement to gain lawful access to encrypted data.

“Encryption, while valuable for user privacy, provides a mechanism for child predators to operate anonymously and with impunity. As a result, the Internet has become a law-enforcement-free-zone for predators and traffickers. This bill is necessary to ensure that law enforcement can take reasonable, and constitutional measures to investigate crimes and protect children while respecting individual privacy,” said Benjamin Bull, general counsel for the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.

“This bill should also allay any unfounded fears from Big Tech over the ‘EARN IT Act’ being an anti-encryption bill in disguise. ‘EARN IT’ does not tackle encryption; Sen. Graham’s new bill does.”

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