March 10, 2020

STATEMENT – Tech Industry Encryption Arguments Against EARN IT Act are “Red Herring” Says NCOSE

Washington, DC (March 10, 2020) – The National Center on Sexual Exploitation called on Congress to see through tech industry arguments against passing the EARN IT Act, which will establish a National Commission on Online Child Exploitation Prevention to “develop recommended best practices for providers of interactive computer services regarding the prevention of online child exploitation misconduct.”

“If any company’s encryption efforts make it impossible to employ best business practices to reduce the grooming, recruiting, sex trafficking, and sexual abuse of children, then clearly it is the encryption design that needs to be altered, not the standard for companies to do their part to stop sexual exploitation,” said Patrick A. Trueman, president and CEO of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.

“NCOSE is confident that the geniuses who designed the Internet can balance privacy protection with child protection. Privacy secured via encryption is not more important than safety for our most vulnerable citizens.”

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