CCIA Disappointed Senate Passed Bill That Fails To Effectively Address Sex Trafficking

Washington — The Senate has passed legislation that would narrow critical “Section 230” protections for online companies working with law enforcement to combat human trafficking. Earlier versions of the bill, including one that House Judiciary leadership tried to advance, offered better solutions to patrol for sex trafficking online, while also supporting the efforts of legitimate…

CCIA Cautions Congress About Altering Internet Liability Rules

Washington — As Congress works to reduce human trafficking, the House is making additional changes that are expected to ensnare legitimate tech companies, with no evidence this plan would actually help stop trafficking. An amended bill that may rescind critical intermediary protections for internet companies is expected to get a House vote early next week.…

CCIA To Intervene In Upcoming Court Case To Preserve Net Neutrality

Washington — The tech industry will be intervening in the upcoming effort to appeal the FCC’s recent reversal of its 2015 Open Internet rules that protected net neutrality. While public interest groups have expressed concern about the impact on consumers, today the Computer & Communications Industry Association said the FCC’s action would give a couple…

House Reauthorizes FISA Electronic Surveillance Without New Limitations

Washington — The House has voted against amendments that would have limited in how the government can use information gathered on Americans during foreign surveillance. House members rejected language that would have closed the “backdoor search loophole” by requiring a warrant for government agencies to access Americans’ communications. The House instead renewed Section 702 of…

CCIA Supports House Amendment Providing Additional Tools to Fight Sex Trafficking

Washington — At a markup Tuesday morning, House Judiciary committee leadership is expected to introduce an amendment to H.R. 1865, the “Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017.” The amendment would provide additional tools to target criminals engaged in sex trafficking and ensure that companies that collaborate in these actions…

Pai Says the Biggest ISPs that Control Users’ Access to Internet Services Can Be Trusted; Instead Deflects Blame, Scrutiny on Internet Services

Washington — Since FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to repeal net neutrality rules was released, there has been widespread concern expressed from the public, startups, and Internet companies, launching a heated debate. Last week, a speech by Pai muddied the waters surrounding the plan to dismantle net neutrality. The speech tried to deflect attention from Internet…

FCC Chairman Proposes Getting Rid Of Open Internet Rules

Washington — As Americans across the country prepare to bow their heads and give thanks, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai issued a proposal Wednesday that bows to the biggest Internet Service Providers. Pai’s proposed Report and Order eliminates the FCC’s net neutrality rules and gives the Federal Trade Commission the leftovers when Big ISPs start blocking,…

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…