EU Issues Antitrust Charges Against Google

Brussels — The European Commission’s Commissioner of Competition, Margrethe Vestager, issued a Statement of Objections against Google outlining alleged competition problems with Google’s contracts for the distribution of Android and its mobile apps.  The complaint focuses on three specific issues.  The Commission has identified alleged problems with Google’s distribution of its mobile apps on Android,…

Data Protection Authorities’ Opinion Paves Way For Adoption Of EU-US Privacy Shield

Brussels — European Data Protection Authorities today issued a non-binding opinion on the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, the new framework for transatlantic commercial data transfers. The Chair of the Article 29 Working Party, Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, called Privacy Shield a “major improvement” and a “great step forward” from its predecessor, the Safe Harbour. The Working Party did…

CCIA Welcomes New EU-U.S. Data Transfer Framework

Brussels — Negotiators announced a political agreement today on a new “Safe Harbour” framework that will allow for commercial data flows between Europe and the United States.  Commissioner Jourová presented the agreement to the College of Commissioners today which gave it its “green light”. The Article 29 Working Party will examine the new agreement, called…

European Parliament Adopts Digital Single Market Report: Positive Report Shows Direction European Union Must Take

Strasbourg, France – Today the European Parliament adopted an ‘own initiative’ report “Towards a Digital Single Market Act”. The report sets out the Parliament’s view on how to build a Digital Single Market. The report covers a wide range of topics from ecommerce and skills to platforms and digital content. The Parliament lays out a…

CCIA welcomes new senior EU appointments

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission announced today that Finnish civil servant Tiina Astola will be appointed Director-General for Justice and Consumers as of 1st February 2016. Astola will take charge of implementing legislation on data protection and finalising a new Safe Harbour framework for commercial data transfers between Europe and the United States. The…