State Department’s Rob Strayer Begins Work Leading International Engagement On Internet, Digital Economy Issues

Washington — A new Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Cyber and International Communications and Information Policy began work this week at the State Department. Rob Strayer will help advocate for sound technology policy and for the growth of the digital economy with several international governing organizations. Strayer comes from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee…

CCIA Reaffirms Support for EU-U.S. Privacy Shield as Joint Annual Review Begins

Washington DC  — E.U. and U.S. officials meet in Washington Monday and Tuesday for the first annual review of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, the recently implemented framework for transatlantic transfers of commercial data. Representatives of the European Commission, U.S. Commerce and Justice Departments and a dozen other agencies will be examining how the new agreement’s…

CCIA Welcomes Proposal to End Forced Data Localisation in EU Member States

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission (EC) today released its proposal on the free flow of non-personal data in the EU.  The proposed regulation prohibits EU member states from requiring that data be stored nationally unless ”justified on grounds of public security.”  The proposal seeks to remove existing and prevent further national barriers which currently…

EU Countries Question The Compatibility Of Copyright Reform With EU Fundamental Rights

Brussels — This morning, the website Statewatch published a leaked EU Council document on the copyright reform, in which a number of European countries are strongly questioning its compatibility with European fundamental rights. For the past year, the European Commission has been explaining that Article 13 of its copyright proposal – despite upending the liability…

CCIA Warns FCC About Economic Consequences Of Weakening Net Neutrality

Washington — Investment and innovation have thrived under the FCC’s current internet access rules preventing content blocking, throttling, and discrimination. The Computer & Communications Industry Association warned the FCC in reply comments filed today that millions of businesses, from retail to tech, that use the internet would be harmed if it goes through with plans…