FBI Requests Access To Citizens Encrypted Communications At Senate Hearings

Washington — At two separate Senate hearings today, the FBI and Department of Justice, primarily through the testimony of FBI Director James Comey, renewed their calls for a solution that would enable law enforcement access to encrypted communications over consumer devices and services. The Computer & Communications Industry Association supports strong encryption as a way…

European Council Presidency Transfers To Luxembourg With Key Digital Economy Issues Looming

Brussels, Belgium — Luxembourg takes over the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union today (Wednesday) at a crucial moment. After a meeting with outgoing European Council President Martin Schulz earlier this week, the Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel told reporters priorities will include Europe’s economy,competitiveness, jobs and the single market. The Computer…

Industry Asks Senate To Pass Bill Extending Rights in Privacy Act To Europeans, Others

Washington — In a letter to Senate leaders Thursday, representatives of U.S. industry asked Senate leadership to support the Judicial Redress Act, S. 1600, which was introduced last week by Senators Hatch and Murphy. Microsoft and Google, along with the Computer & Communications Industry Association, BSA | The Software Alliance, and the Information Technology Industry…

CCIA Welcomes Appointment Of Roberto Viola As New Director-General

Brussels — The European Commission announced today that Roberto Viola will become the new Director-General of the European Commission’s Communications Networks, Content and Technology Directorate General on 1st September 2015. The Computer & Communications Industry Association looks forward to working with Director-General Viola in his important efforts to achieve a European Digital Single Market. The…

The Controversial Ancillary Copyright for Press Publishers Takes Two Big Hits

Brussels, BELGIUM – Today, news-publisher-backed legislative proposals often called “ancillary copyrights” took major blows in both Brussels and Austria. Also referred to as a ‘snippet levy’, these laws aim to make online services like search engines and news aggregators pay for the display of hyperlinks and short snippets (pieces of text). First, the European Parliament’s…

CCIA Testifies On Digital Trade Barriers In China

Washington — A U.S. China commission is scheduled to hear testimony Monday morning on digital trade barriers in China. As a longtime critic of the trade barriers inherent in Internet censorship, the Computer & Communications Industry Association has previously testified as to why these barriers violate international legal commitments. CCIA will renew these arguments on…