‘Off-Facebook Activity’ Feature Offers Consumers New Transparency and Control

Washington — Today Facebook announced the release of its long-anticipated ‘Clear History’ tool named “off-Facebook Activity”. This feature allows users to access browsing data recorded by third-party websites and applications for advertising purposes and to disassociate that information from their Facebook accounts.  The Computer & Communications Industry Association has long supported industry efforts to empower…

CCIA Applauds Sens. Markey, Cantwell, and Wyden for Pushing Senate Action on Net Neutrality

Washington — Today, Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) demanded that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell bring net neutrality legislation to the Senate floor for an immediate vote.  The Save the Internet Act passed the House of Representatives on a bipartisan vote two months ago, but so far, the…

European Parliament Committee Adopts Position on ‘Platform-to-Business’ Regulation

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO) adopted its draft report on the ‘platform-to-business’ Regulation. The text will form the basis of the European Parliament’s position in the upcoming trilogue negotiations with the European Commission and Council. The Council reached political agreement on the file at the end of…

CCIA Calls For An EU-U.S. CLOUD Act Framework Agreement

Brussels — On November 8-9, an EU-U.S. Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial meeting will address, among other issues, cross-border law enforcement access to digital evidence for the purpose of criminal investigation and prosecution. The Computer & Communications Industry Association supports talks on a transatlantic framework, which would facilitate European and U.S. law enforcement access to…

CCIA Welcomes Parallel NTIA and NIST Privacy Initiatives

Washington — The Commerce Department is asking stakeholders for input on privacy. NTIA published a request for comments in the Federal Register today on “ways to advance consumer privacy while protecting prosperity and innovation.” NTIA has proposed a set of privacy principles and outcomes for consumers and industry, along with high-level goals for future privacy…

Supreme Court Rules That Cell Site Location Information Has Fourth Amendment Protection

Washington — Law enforcement cannot access a criminal suspect’s cell site location information without a warrant based on probable cause, according to a Supreme Court ruling today. Carpenter v. United States examined whether the warrantless seizure and search of historical cellphone records, revealing the location and movements of a cell phone user over the course…

CCIA Encourages DOJ To Reassess Policies Regarding Warrants For Data Stored In The Cloud in Light of DreamHost Dispute

Washington — On Tuesday, the Department of Justice filed a motion in the District of Columbia Superior Court to narrow the scope of a controversial warrant it had served on web host DreamHost, regarding an Inauguration protest website. The initial warrant was widely characterized as overbroad by CCIA and others. CCIA has advocated for reasonable…