Continued Concerns about the Senate’s PROTECT IP Bill, with a House Bill Likely to be Introduced Soon

There may not be extensive overlap between the beliefs and values of members of the Tea Party and the tech sector, but the threat of excessive government regulation and control over the Internet, posed by the PROTECT IP Act, now appears to have united them on at least this front.  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) recently sent out…

Privacy Rules 25 Years Old Today

Today marks 25 years since President Ronald Reagan signed the Electronic Communications Privacy Act into law in 1986. In those years, technology has advanced at a rapid pace, and has given the government countless new tools to investigate and prosecute crime. The government can today collect information about the private lives of citizens, from their…

CCIA Welcomes Increased Scrutiny of China’s Internet Restrictions

The Computer & Communications Industry Association applauds today’s action by the United States Trade Representative requesting detailed information regarding China’s Internet restrictions. Using an official process provided for by the WTO treaty, the USTR asked a detailed array of questions on how Chinese information restrictions operate. CCIA has long articulated the need to treat such…

Cybersecurity recs from House GOP, CCIA

Cybersecurity has been the national security topic du jour for months.  Earlier this year then CIA Director Leon Pannetta warned of the potential of a “cyber Pearl Harbor”, while in May the Obama Administration released its cybersecurity legislative proposal.  And last week the House GOP’s Cybersecurity Task Force (CTF) released its recommendations. The Obama Administration and the CTF largely agree on…

CCIA Applauds Passage of Trade Agreements

Congress has passed trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama a day ahead of a meeting between South Korea’s president and President Obama Thursday. The bipartisan vote comes after five years of delays. The Computer & Communications Industry Association praised the bipartisan cooperation that allowed measures to offset harm to some sectors from the…

CCIA’s Objections To Another Online Sales Tax Bill

The Computer & Communications Industry Association opposes the Marketplace Equity Act, a new bill introduced today by Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark., and Rep. Jackie Speier, Calif., that would allow states that have fulfilled certain simplification requirements to require out-of-state retailers to collect sales and use taxes on purchases made to residents of their states —…