FBI Calls For Legislation To Give Government Access To Encrypted Data

Washington – In a speech at the Brookings Institution today, FBI Director James Comey’s called on Congress to pass legislation giving the government statutorily mandated access to the encrypted data on peoples’ smartphones. Comey had previously criticized companies like Apple and Google for offering customers new encryption tools to protect smartphone data. The following can…

CCIA Joins Industry and Civil Society Groups In Joint Recommendations for the EU’s ITU Participation

Brussels – Since the Internet is such a critical platform for economic opportunity and social development, the EU should be a strong advocate for Internet governance that does not involve new governmental controls at the upcoming ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan in October. Industry groups including the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) issued a statement today…

CCIA Offers Incoming European Commissioners Internet Industry Manifesto

Brussels – As the new Commissioners are interviewed by the European Parliament and prepare to take office and shape economic policy in line with their goals, the Computer & Communications Industry Association’s European office released its policy recommendations on how to leverage the Internet for maximum economic and social benefit. With the Internet now integrated…

CCIA Files FCC Comments Noting Lack Of Competition, Need To Preserve Open Internet

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association filed comments with the FCC today that offer additional legal arguments in support of preserving Open Internet access and respond to other comments that misstate or ignore the power of local network bottlenecks in broadband Internet access.  In its filing in July, CCIA offered detailed recommendations on the best…

Letters Ask Congress To Bring ECPA Reform To A Vote

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association joined other technology advocates today in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, asking for a vote on the Senate’s bipartisan bill that would prevent the government from accessing consumers’ private digital information without a warrant. A separate letter to House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, meanwhile, asks for a House…

European Commissioners for Internet Matters Named

Brussels — The European Commission’s incoming President Jean-Claude Juncker today announced how he would allocate portfolios among the 28 nominated Commissioners. Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip will be responsible for the Digital Single Market and Gunther Oettinger for Digital Economy and Society. The new Commission is expected to take office on 1st November 2014. The…

Tech Industry Advocates Send Incoming European Commission President Joint Letter

The Computer & Communications Industry Association signed a joint letter welcoming European Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker and offering support and assistance on his goal of creating a fully digital Europe and a single digital market. The letter endorses appointing a Digital Commissioner to review policies from an innovation perspective and to ensure EU policies are…