EU and Japan adopt data flow deal, will they now fight against forced data localisation globally?

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Union and Japan today recognised each others’ data protection systems to allow the free flow of data between their economies. The agreement is linked to the major trade agreement signed today, the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement.  The EPA unfortunately addresses only few barriers to digital trade.  On data flows the…

European Parliament Vote Calls For Better Handling Of Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities

Brussels — Today, the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) adopted its report on the proposed EU Cybersecurity Act. The report includes provisions to  improve how EU Member States manage cybersecurity vulnerabilities to avoid large-scale exploitation of software vulnerabilities as seen during the “WannaCry” attack.  Negotiations between the European Parliament, Council and Commission…

MEPs Call For Changes To Privacy Shield, Threaten Suspension

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Parliament today passed a non-binding resolution calling for the suspension of the EU-US Privacy Shield framework by September 1, unless several improvements are made. The European Commission and the U.S. Administration will formally review the enforcement of the Privacy Shield in September. The Computer & Communications Industry Association has been…

European Parliament Rejects Copyright Mandate

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Members of the European Parliament today voted to reject the introduction of a press publishers’ right in Europe (the so-called “link tax”) and of content filtering mechanisms across a broad range of online services. Negotiations within the Parliament will now continue. The Computer & Communications Industry Association, along with hundreds of…

CCIA Welcomes Austrian EU Council Presidency

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association welcomes the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.  Austria will steer negotiations from July 1 to December 31 on key EU proposals such as copyright, e-Privacy, online platforms, and digital taxation. The following can be attributed to CCIA Europe Vice President Christian Borggreen:…

CCIA Members Support Customer Safety Across Europe

Brussels, BELGIUM — The world’s leading e-commerce companies today signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Online Product Safety in a process facilitated by Vĕra Jourová, the European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality. CCIA members signing today’s agreement include Amazon, eBay and Rakuten-France.   The memo builds on the existing safeguards already introduced by…

CCIA Co-signs Industry Statement On European Digital Taxation Proposals

Brussels, BELGIUM — Ahead of the European leaders meeting later this week, CCIA signed on to a joint industry statement on the European Commission’s digital taxation proposals. The statement discourages unilateral action and urges countries to “vigorously pursue the discussion for a global solution within the OECD’s inclusive framework.”  

CCIA Welcomes Political Agreement on the Free Flow of Data in the EU

Brussels — A political agreement was achieved late today on the legislative proposal on the free flow of non-personal data in the EU.  The European Parliament and the Council is expected to officially approve the agreed text in coming weeks after which the Regulation will become EU law. The European Commission presented its proposal for…

European Parliament Committee Vote on Copyright Ignores Warnings From Academics, Civil Rights Groups and Online Sector

Brussels — The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament today adopted its report on the copyright proposal. MEPs adopted upload filters for online platforms and narrowly voted to introduce a publishers’ right, the so-called “link tax”.  The report is expected to be up for discussion at the European Parliament plenary session, likely in early…