EU and US Negotiators Close To Finalising A Safer “Safe Harbour”

Brussels — U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker met in Brussels Thursday with Vera Jourova, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality to revitalise negotiations on a framework for commercial data transfers. More than 3,000 European and U.S. companies use the 15 year old Safe Harbour framework for commercial data transfers.  Safe Harbour certification is…

European Parliament Adopts Reda Copyright Report, Omits Amendments Harmful To Internet, Innovation

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Parliament has adopted the “Reda report” on copyright today. The plenary vote comes several weeks after the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs committee (JURI) adopted MEP Julia Reda’s report and rejected proposed amendments to protect press publishers in ways that would have put the EU out of sync with international copyright…

Industry Asks Senate To Pass Bill Extending Rights in Privacy Act To Europeans, Others

Washington — In a letter to Senate leaders Thursday, representatives of U.S. industry asked Senate leadership to support the Judicial Redress Act, S. 1600, which was introduced last week by Senators Hatch and Murphy. Microsoft and Google, along with the Computer & Communications Industry Association, BSA | The Software Alliance, and the Information Technology Industry…

The Controversial Ancillary Copyright for Press Publishers Takes Two Big Hits

Brussels, BELGIUM – Today, news-publisher-backed legislative proposals often called “ancillary copyrights” took major blows in both Brussels and Austria. Also referred to as a ‘snippet levy’, these laws aim to make online services like search engines and news aggregators pay for the display of hyperlinks and short snippets (pieces of text). First, the European Parliament’s…

CCIA sponsors European Internet governance forum and hosts event on Internet laws

CCIA is an official sponsor of this year’s European dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) which is taking place on June 4-5 in Sofia, Bulgaria.  This annual event convenes hundreds of policy experts from governments, EU institutions, civil society, academia, and industry to discuss Internet-related policies. CCIA’s Christian Borggreen will host a session June 4 on…

Bigger than Geo-blocking: How the European Commission’s Sector Inquiry Can Set E-Commerce Free

Brussels — Early this month the European Commission unveiled its Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy. The strategy has the very laudable goal of promoting the digital economy by furthering Europe’s integration in this sphere — something a borderless Internet is indeed ideally placed to do. It encourages European companies, citizens and institutions to think more…