EU Ministers Recognise Importance of Encryption to Ensure Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

Brussels, BELGIUM — The General Affairs Council today adopted Conclusions calling for the strengthening of European cybersecurity across the EU.  Importantly, the Conclusions confirm “that strong and trusted encryption is highly important for properly ensuring human rights and fundamental freedoms in EU and for public trust in the Digital Single Market.”  However, they also note…

EC Releases Report On Privacy Shield Framework

Brussels, BELGIUM — Following the first annual review of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield in Washington last month, the European Commission released its report today. The report examined the implementation and adequacy of the framework’s strengthened measures for data protection and redress, while also providing recommendations for additional clarity and robustness. The report says the U.S.…

Publication of a CCIA Research Paper on Value Growth and the Music Industry

Brussels, BELGIUM — At a high-level working lunch on “Value Creation, Streaming Video and the Music Industry” organised today by the Lisbon Council, Senior public policy manager for CCIA Europe Maud Sacquet presented a new research paper, “Value Growth and the Music Industry: The Untold Story of Digital Success.” This research paper shows how digital…

EU to Support Both Encryption And Decryption In New “Anti-Terrorism Package”

Brussels, BELGIUM —  The European Commission (EC) issued its “anti-terrorism package” today, which includes several EU actions to face “challenges posed by the use of encryption.”  Proposed EU actions include “technical support measures, a new toolbox of techniques, and training, and proposes setting up a network of points of expertise.” The EC will on the…

EU Commission Releases Communication on "Tackling Illegal Content Online"

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission published a Communication on “Tackling Illegal Content Online – Towards an enhanced responsibility of online platforms” today. Its aim is to publish guidelines and principles for removing illegal content from the Internet, in a way that also protects fundamental rights online. This Communication provides guidelines for all categories of…

EU Commission Releases Communication on “Tackling Illegal Content Online”

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission published a Communication on “Tackling Illegal Content Online – Towards an enhanced responsibility of online platforms” today. Its aim is to publish guidelines and principles for removing illegal content from the Internet, in a way that also protects fundamental rights online. This Communication provides guidelines for all categories of…

Industry Groups Urge European Leaders To Reevaluate Direction of EU Digital Proposals

Brussels, BELGIUM — Industry groups have sent their strongest criticism to date of the EU’s “Digital Single Market proposals” in a joint letter to European leaders ahead of the Tallinn Digital Summit on September 29.  The letter from major industry groups, representing telecoms, mobile, internet and startup companies expresses concern that the DSM proposals have…

Tech Associations Offer Recommendations Ahead of Next Audiovisual Reform Negotiations

Brussels, BELGIUM — In advance of the next Trilogue meeting on a proposal for an Audio-Visual Media Services Directive (“AVMSD”), tech associations including the  Computer & Communications Industry Association, Digital Europe, EDiMA, EMOTA and EuroISPA sent a joint-letter, raising critical issues to be addressed for the AVMSD to allow for growth within the European audiovisual…