DG Competition Launches 3 E-Commerce Antitrust Investigations

Brussels — European competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager announced the opening of three investigations today involving video game makers, electronics makers and tour operators suspected of anticompetitive practices. Vestager said she wants to ensure consumers have a wider choice of goods and services, and make purchases across borders. This action follows the publication of DG Competition’s…

CCIA Says Charter-Univision Dispute Illustrates Problems Of Media Consolidation

Washington — Charter Communications cable customers have lost access to Univision’s networks after months of unsuccessful negotiations, according to various news reports. Univision has charged Charter with breach of contract and said that Charter has rejected its good-faith efforts at a solution. The Computer & Communications Industry Association has spoken out on antitrust issues for…

CCIA Concerned About Details, Broader Message Of Immigration Order

Washington — The tech industry is deeply concerned about President Trump’s precipitous executive order banning refugees and legal immigrants with visas from the United States. The following can be attributed to Computer & Communications Industry Association President & CEO Ed Black: “We are concerned by the continuing confusion over the Administration’s immigration order covering both…

CCIA Says Decision To Keep Michelle Lee Leading PTO Is Welcome News

Washington — US Patent and Trademark Office Director Michelle Lee will stay on during the next administration, according to news reports. The Computer & Communications Industry Association has advocated for patent reform for more than two decades. CCIA represents companies that hold patents and require licenses from patent holders to ensure complex technology products and…

European Commission Releases E-Privacy Proposal

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission today released its proposal for a Regulation “concerning the respect for private life and the protection of personal data in electronic communications”, better known as the “ePrivacy Regulation”.  The new rules seek to cover a variety of online applications from those that provide communications and messaging services services to…

House Introduces Email Privacy Act

Washington — Members of Congress are attempting again to get email privacy legislation across the finish line this Congress. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.) are introducing the Email Privacy Act today. The legislation would more clearly extend Fourth Amendment protections to electronic communications by requiring the government to obtain a warrant based…

CCIA, Tech Associations Ask For Democratic Debate On Audio Visual Services Directive

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association joined 5 tech trade associations in an open letter on the Audio Visual Services directive. The letter points out the 1000 amendments submitted by Members of Parliament to improve the proposal and asks that the legislation be subject to open debate with stakeholders opinions considered ahead…