CCIA supports Congressional efforts to address issue of government e-commerce contributing to abuse of privacy

June 26, 2000

CCIA in conjunction with two other associations sends letter of support

Washington, DC- The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) sent a letter in conjunction with the American Electronics Association (AEA) and the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), to House Majority Leader Richard Armey, Congressman Billy Tauzin and Congressman Bob Goodlatte in support of their inquiry into the privacy policies of Federal government.

CCIA is concerned about the potential for government abuse of consumer privacy, as well as the impact of the Federal government entering into competition with private sector e-commerce companies. Government agencies are increasingly launching Internet commerce services of various types, which will obtain access to unprecedented amounts of private data and information from American citizens.

“All we are asking is that this issue be openly and fully debated by Congress before government expands even further. There is no doubt that as an e-commerce enterprise, the government would have an incredible amount of personal information on citizens at their disposal. We believe that these government ventures pose serious policy implications for Americans’ privacy, as well as the structure of our market economy,” stated Ed Black, CCIA president/CEO.

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