House Reauthorizes FISA Electronic Surveillance Without New Limitations

Washington — The House has voted against amendments that would have limited in how the government can use information gathered on Americans during foreign surveillance. House members rejected language that would have closed the “backdoor search loophole” by requiring a warrant for government agencies to access Americans’ communications. The House instead renewed Section 702 of…

FCC Votes To Rescind Open Internet Order, Declaring Open Season for Online Discrimination

Washington — The FCC voted 3-2 along party lines to remove rules that have protected consumers’ and businesses’ internet access. While the exact rules have changed over the years as internet technology evolved, the principles of nondiscrimination and preventing a big Internet Service Provider from blocking or throttling internet traffic, known as net neutrality, have…

CCIA Appeals To ITC To Reject Qualcomm’s Request To Ban Apple iPhones

Washington —  Qualcomm is asking the International Trade Commission to block Apple devices from reaching the market, and the ITC is considering comments on how to handle this import ban request. Today the Computer & Communications Industry Association asked the ITC to reject Qualcomm’s request to ban the sale of Apple mobile devices that don’t…

CCIA Supports House Amendment Providing Additional Tools to Fight Sex Trafficking

Washington — At a markup Tuesday morning, House Judiciary committee leadership is expected to introduce an amendment to H.R. 1865, the “Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017.” The amendment would provide additional tools to target criminals engaged in sex trafficking and ensure that companies that collaborate in these actions…

Court of Justice of the EU Delivers Judgment In Coty Germany Case on Online Marketplace Bans

Brussels, BELGIUM —  The Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) delivered its judgment in the Coty Germany case (Case C-230/16). The case deals with contractual provisions a producer of luxury cosmetics imposed on his authorized retailer, prohibiting the latter the sale of products on open online marketplaces. The key question in this case is…

CCIA Opposes FISA Reauthorization Amendments Act

Washington — Today, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence marked up and favorably reported out the FISA Reauthorization Amendments Act, H.R. 4478, which is meant to reauthorize Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The Computer & Communications Industry Association opposes the legislation as reported out by the committee. The FISA Reauthorization Amendments…

CCIA, Over 80 Organizations Warn of Irreparable Damage to be Caused by Copyright Directive

Brussels — Over 80 organisations, including the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA), warn EU Countries in a short statement that current negotiations on the proposal for a Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market are on the verge of causing irreparable damage to Europe’s fundamental rights, economy, competitiveness, education, research, innovation, creativity and…