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AFP: EARN IT Act Fails to Prevent Child Abuse and Will Weaken American Security

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AFP: EARN IT Act Fails to Prevent Child Abuse and Will Weaken American Security

07.02.20 05:07 AM

Arlington, VA*–*Ahead of today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing,*Americans for Prosperity (AFP) urged members to reject the*EARN IT Act*– a misguided measure that places the encrypted services of every American in jeopardy.*Despite recent changes, the bill would still allow state lawmakers*to weaken encrypted communications and follow the failed regulation model of FOSTA-SESTA. Technology experts and civil society organizations have repeatedly*warned*that*weakened encryption could be exploited by bad actors and that no*backdoor*could*guarantee only law-abiding officials have access. AFP has pointed to Sen. Ron*Wyden*(D-OR) and Rep. Anna Eshoo’s (D-CA)*Invest in Child Safety Act*as the right way to think about addressing online child abuse. The legislation stands in contrast to counterproductive efforts like the*EARN IT Act*that inadvertently expose people to online abuse by weakening encrypted services. Americans for Prosperity Senior Tech Policy Analyst Billy Easley II issued the following statement: “The*EARN IT Act*is presented as a bill that will address child abuse, but the*measures*it offers would make*no*meaningful progress in combating*this terrible crime. As many have*concluded, the*EARN IT Act*is nothing more than poorly disguised*attempt to weaken the encrypted services*by enabling state lawmakers to cripple or ban such services. This*counterproductive approach to combatting child abuse online will leave everyone worse off.*That is*why groups from across the ideological […]

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