Europe’s Digital Strategy Must Enable Internet Innovation

Brussels – The European Commission today announced its determination to achieve the bold and necessary goal of creating a single European-wide digital market by stripping away unnecessary national rules. The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA Europe) applauds the European Commission’s stated intention of growing Europe’s economy and embracing the Internet opportunity. However, it cautions…

Senate Judiciary Leaders Introduce Patent Reform Bill

Washington — Senate Judiciary Committee leaders have introduced bipartisan legislation today intended to rein in patent trolls who threaten businesses and consumers with legally questionable infringement claims. One reform could allow prevailing defendants to recover legal fees — if they can prove the plaintiff’s claim was not reasonable. Another would require attorneys sending vague letters…

CCIA Welcomes Latest Version of USA Freedom Act

Washington – Representatives Sensenbrenner, Goodlatte, Conyers, and Nadler introduced the latest version of the USA Freedom Act today.  The Computer & Communications Industry Association applauds the bipartisan introduction of this important bill to reform the bulk telephony metadata collection programs conducted by the NSA.  CCIA looks forward to working with Congress to further strengthen and…

Industry Leaders Ask House Leaders To Support Privacy Act Extension Bill

Washington — Companies and trade associations representing leaders of U.S. industry sent a letter to House leadership Tuesday asking them to pass the Judicial Redress Act of 2015. The letter’s signatories range from organizations like Google and Microsoft to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Computer & Communications Industry Association. The pending legislation extends…

Congress Introduces Fast-Track Trade Promotion Authority Legislation

Washington — The House and Senate have introduced bipartisan legislation to give the President “fast-track” trade promotion authority (TPA). The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 purports to emphasize the importance of the growing digital economy and does include better protection for the flow of data across borders, but it lacks balanced…

EU Competition Commissioner Issues Statement of Objections to Google

Brussels – Today, European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager announced that the European Commission has issued a statement of objections in the Google competition investigation.  The Commission’s preliminary case focuses on the functioning of Google’s shopping results. Furthermore, Ms. Vestager also announced the opening of a separate official investigation of Google’s Android operating system. The announcement…