Date
4 December 2016
An Internet trade group has called on Donald Trump to support strong product encryption, among other things. Photo: Bloomberg
An Internet trade group has called on Donald Trump to support strong product encryption, among other things. Photo: Bloomberg

US internet firms ask Trump to support encryption, ease rules

US internet firms have urged president-elect Donald Trump to look into key policy issues related to the industry, and said they look forward to a “productive dialogue” with the incoming administration.

In a letter sent on Monday, the Internet Association said the policy priorities for the new government should include promoting strong encryption, immigration reform and maintaining liability protections from content that users share on their platforms, Reuters reports.

“The internet industry looks forward to engaging in an open and productive dialogue,” Michael Beckerman, president of the Internet Association, was quoted as saying in the letter.

The Internet Association is a 40-member trade group that includes names such as Google, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter and Uber.

Some of the policy goals stated in the letter may align with Trump’s priorities, including easing regulation on the sharing economy, lowering taxes on profits made from intellectual property and applying pressure on Europe to not erect too many barriers for US internet firms.

But other goals are likely to clash with Trump, who offered numerous broadsides against the tech sector during his campaign, the report noted.

They include supporting strong encryption in products against efforts by law enforcement agencies to mandate access to data for criminal investigations, and upholding recent reforms to US government surveillance programs that ended the bulk collection of call data by the NSA.

The Internet trade group sought immigration reform to enable more high-skilled workers to stay in the United States.

While urging support for trade agreements, the letter does not mention the Trans Pacific Partnership, which Trump has repeatedly assailed with claims it was poorly negotiated and would take jobs away from US workers.

The technology sector supported the deal, but members of Congress have conceded since the election it is not going to be enacted.

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