Industry Groups Release Statement on the EU Digital Services Act Ahead of Council Meeting

Brussels, BELGIUM — Ahead of a EU ministers’ meeting today the Computer & Communications Industry Association joined Allied for Startups and other industry groups in a joint statement on the proposed EU Digital Services Act. The following can be attributed to CCIA Europe Senior Public Policy Manager Alex Maglione: “We commend the Member States’ high…

CCIA Affirms Support For New EU Disinformation Guidelines

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission today published its new Guidance to strengthen the EU Code of Practice on Disinformation. The European Commission will now work with the involved companies to improve several aspects of the Code based on clear commitments and subject to an oversight mechanism in order to fight the spread of disinformation.…

CCIA Joins Industry Statement on the Need for Regulatory Dialogue in the Proposed Digital Markets Act

Brussels, BELGIUM – The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) has joined other industry associations in a joint statement on the Digital Markets Act ahead of the EU ministers’ meeting on May 27-28. The statement urges ministers to strengthen and foster a true “regulatory dialogue”. This envisioned participatory approach to intervention should replace suspicion and…

Florida Governor Signs Bill Requiring Companies To Carry User Speech Or Face Lawsuits 

Washington — Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a bill that would allow any internet user from foreign extremists to disgruntled internet trolls to sue online websites for removing allegedly inappropriate content. The bill will deter businesses from protecting online users through the enforcement of their terms of service regarding misinformation or harmful speech on their…

European Parliament Resolution Creates Unhelpful Doubts About EU-UK Data Flows 

Brussels, BELGIUM — A small majority of European Parliamentarians today approved a nonbinding political resolution that objects to the EU granting the United Kingdom “adequacy” status to transfer personal data between the EU and the United Kingdom. It is now up to the European Commission to adopt its draft adequacy decisions.  Data flows that are…

CCIA, 10 Organizations Offer Ways G20 Can Support Digital Transformation For Economic Recovery

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association joined 10 other groups in offering recommendations for the G20 as they look at how the digital economy can drive the global economic recovery and also empower countries to tackle pressing global issues such as climate change. The letter outlines policies needed for an open and…

CCIA Cautions Connecticut On Potential Legal Issues Related To Proposed Tax Bills

Washington – Lawmakers in Connecticut are considering a series of bills that would impose a discriminatory new tax on digital advertising services.  This session, legislators in both houses have introduced five separate bills that would levy taxes on revenue earned through digital advertising. Legislators are framing tax hikes as a roadmap to economic recovery, though…

CCIA Notes Benefits Of Endless Frontier Act Ahead of Markup Wednesday

Washington — The Senate Commerce Committee will markup legislation Wednesday that would invest in more research and development in ten critical areas including artificial intelligence, robotics, and high performance computing so that the U.S. is able to compete in innovation. The legislation would create a Technology Directorate within what is now the National Science Foundation…

European Parliament Resolution Raises Doubt about EU-UK Data Flows

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) today reportedly opined that the United Kingdom does not provide adequate privacy protection to allow the transfer of EU personal data. Under the terms of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, the UK is considered adequate until 30 June 2021. While…