CCIA Warns Section 230 Bill Sets Up Government Censorship Of Online Speech; Less Freedom For Internet Sites To Remove Extremist Content

Washington — Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., has introduced legislation that would give tech companies the option of either applying to the government for a license to remove particular content like hate speech — or take an entirely hands-off approach. The bill to remove Section 230 liability protections without a government license and scrutiny of a…

CCIA Tech Delegation Meets Incoming Finnish EU Presidency In Helsinki

Helsinki, Finland — The Computer & Communications Industry Association is leading a delegation of tech companies to meet Finnish politicians and senior officials Tuesday and Wednesday ahead of Finland taking over the Presidency of the Council of the EU.  CCIA Europe will also present its EU tech policy recommendations. Finland will take over the Presidency…

CCIA Applauds Sens. Markey, Cantwell, and Wyden for Pushing Senate Action on Net Neutrality

Washington — Today, Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) demanded that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell bring net neutrality legislation to the Senate floor for an immediate vote.  The Save the Internet Act passed the House of Representatives on a bipartisan vote two months ago, but so far, the…

EU Ministers Approve Negotiating Mandates on Law Enforcement Access to Digital Evidence

Brussels, BELGIUM — Today, EU Justice Ministers adopted two negotiating mandates for bilateral and regional agreements to improve law enforcement access to e-evidence. The first negotiating mandate authorises the European Commission to enter into bilateral negotiations with the United States government to facilitate law enforcement access to digital evidence in criminal investigations on both sides…

EU Court Opinion Poses Questions About Platforms’ Monitoring And Removal Obligations

Brussels, BELGIUM — Advocate General Maciej Szpunar of the European Court of Justice today delivered his non-binding opinion in the case of whether the removal of illegal online content should apply beyond the borders of one country, and whether hosting service providers should proactively identify and remove similar content. The case involves a user registered…

EU and US Policy and Tech Leaders Discuss Tech Policy At CCIA’s Transatlantic Event

Washington — Senior U.S. government and EU officials and tech representatives discussed digital policy issues requiring cooperation like cybersecurity and online censorship at CCIA’s “Transatlantic Digital Economy 2019” event Thursday afternoon. Robert Strayer, Ambassador & Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber and International Communications and Information Policy for the U.S. Department of State and Roberto Viola,…

CCIA Asks USTR To Delay Additional China Tariffs

Washington — Following the President’s direction over the weekend, the U.S. Trade Representative announced in today’s Federal Register that it will increase the tariffs from 10 percent to 25 percent on $200 billion in Chinese goods as of Friday due to reported Chinese backtracking on commitments. The Computer & Communications Industry Association has criticized China’s…

CCIA expresses serious concerns with Russia law to control Internet

Washington — The Russian government has enacted legislation that will extend Russia’s authoritarian control of the Internet by taking steps to create a local Internet infrastructure, shutting out citizens from the rest of the online world.  CCIA has previously raised concerns regarding the steady rise in action by the Russia government to limit Internet freedom…