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Hatch meets with major tech firms, will release ‘innovation agenda’

 
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) met this week with major tech firms including Apple and Amazon and will release an “innovation agenda” next week at a Capitol Hill event, a Republican aide confirmed to The Hill.
 
Hatch also met with  Oracle, Cisco and Qualcomm, the aide said.
 
In the meetings, which Politico first reported on, discussion topics included intellectual property protection reform, data privacy and high-skilled immigration. 
 
At the end of January, Hatch met with Tim Cook during his tour of Capitol Hill when the Apple CEO also met with Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio).
 
{mosads}Hatch, chairman of the Senate High-Tech Task Force, has been an outspoken advocate on the hill for data privacy and encryption. 
 
During the controversy over the FBI’s request for Apple to unlock an encrypted iPhone relate to the San Bernardino shooting, Hatch sided with Apple in its decision to deny the agency’s order. 
 
Hatch has also backed legislation in support of expanding H-1B visas for high skilled workers, which Silicon Valley has aggressively pushed for.
 
A leaked draft of President Trump’s executive order on H-1B visas has stoked consternation among some in Silicon Valley that high skilled immigration would be significantly cut back.
 
Amazon and Apple declined to comment on the meeting. Oracle, Cisco, and Qualcomm did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
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