EU Countries’ Adopted Position on Copyright Will Hurt Internet Users and Digital Sector

Brussels — European Member States agreed today on a mandate to negotiate with the European Parliament on the proposed Directive for copyright in the digital single market. The adopted text will cause irreparable damages to Europe’s fundamental rights, economy, competitiveness, education, research, innovation and creativity. Despite overwhelming evidence that the creation of a neighbouring right…

European Commission Proposes Plan To Tackle Disinformation Online

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission has released its Communication on “Tackling online disinformation,” aimed at improving information transparency, diversity and credibility through inclusive solutions. The Computer & Communications Industry Association welcomes the multi-stakeholder approach chosen by the Commission, which we believe appropriately addresses this complicated issue. The Commission specifically wants to develop an EU-wide…

European Commission Proposes New Regulation On Platform-to-Business Relations

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission today presented a new proposal for a Regulation affecting many online platforms and search engines. The proposed Regulation on “promoting fairness and transparency for business users of intermediation services” will require online intermediation services to offer business customers using these services more transparency on terms and conditions, rankings and…

Universities, Journalists, Digital Rights Groups and Tech Sector Warn of Disastrous Consequences of Copyright Directive, Ask EU Member States to Continue Technical Discussions

Brussels, BELGIUM — More than 145 universities, libraries, human rights, media freedom, technology businesses and digital rights groups sent an open letter Thursday. The letter asked EU Member States not to grant a mandate to the Bulgarian Council Presidency to negotiate with the Parliament on the copyright reform before addressing the damages that proposal would…

CCIA Welcomes EU’s Positive Approach to Artificial Intelligence

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission published today a Communication on “Maximising the Benefits of Artificial Intelligence for Europe”, aimed at boosting Europe’s technology and industrial capacity, preparing for socio-economic changes and ensuring an appropriate ethical and legal framework. Among many different initiatives, the Commission intends to reinforce the support for research and innovation in…

CCIA Welcomes Objectives of EU E-Evidence Proposals, Encourages Further Improvements

Brussels, Belgium – The European Commission today issued its package to improve cross-border access to electronic evidence. The package includes two legislative proposals, including a “Regulation on cross-border access to e-Evidence” and a “Directive on appointing a Legal Representative”. The proposals require online service providers to respond to data production and preservation orders issued by…

European High Court Issues Ruling Impacting Digital Single Market, EU Member States

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) has ruled on the question of whether France needed to notify the European Commission before passing a law impacting Europe’s Digital Single Market (DSM). Under EU rules, Member States must communicate to the Commission any draft technical regulations that relate to the taking-up or…

EU Digital Tax Proposal Is Discriminatory And Harmful to Europe’s Digital Economy

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission today presented a package of digital tax proposals. The package contains two legislative proposals, including a Directive introducing “an interim tax on certain revenue from digital activities.” This controversial digital services tax will be set at 3% of companies’ gross revenues from making available advertisement space, intermediation services and…