The European Commission proposes new rules to prevent and combat child sexual abuse material

Brussels, BELGIUM – The European Commission proposed new rules to prevent and combat child sexual abuse material (CSAM) today. The European Parliament and the Member States will now each assess and amend the European Commission’s proposal. The proposed Regulation creates new industry obligations concerning the detection, reporting, removal and blocking of known and new CSAM.…

New EU Distribution Rules Will Allow Discrimination Against Online Commerce

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission published the revised Vertical Block Exemption Regulation and associated Guidelines (VBER) today. This update sets the terms of trading between suppliers and their retailers or distributors for the next decade, both offline and online. The VBER is set to replace the current rules on 1 June 2022. The Computer…

CCIA Statement on the Enactment of Privacy Protections for Connecticut Residents

Washington – Connecticut has become the fifth U.S. state to enact comprehensive consumer data privacy legislation. The law will take effect July 1, 2023.  The Computer & Communications Industry Association supports the enactment of comprehensive privacy legislation at the federal level. However, in the absence of a federal privacy framework, we welcome lawmakers’ efforts to…

Foreign Subsidies: CCIA Offers Recommendations Ahead of Final Negotiations

Brussels, BELGIUM — Today, EU Member States and the European Parliament agreed their respective positions on the EU foreign subsidies proposal, clearing the way for negotiations on adopting the final legislation. The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA Europe) acknowledges the swift progress on this complex file and offers recommendations to the EU institutions to…

EU Telcos’ Demand for Network Traffic Payments is Fundamentally Flawed

Brussels, BELGIUM — A study launched today by the lobby group for European telecom operators tries to revive a decade-old pipe dream to make online services pay for internet traffic, something their own customers already pay hefty subscription fees for. The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA Europe) stresses that ETNO’s renewed attempts to make…

CCIA Statement on Declaration on the Future of the Internet

Washington — The United States joined partners including the European Commission, Japan, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom today in the release of a “Declaration on the Future of the Internet”. The Declaration outlines aspirational standards for governments regarding digital governance and promotion of human rights online, and reinforces the importance of a multistakeholder approach…

Federal Appeals Court To Hear Oral Arguments On Florida Social Media Law

Montgomery, Ala. – A panel of federal judges for the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral argument today on a “social media censorship” law that a Florida federal judge ruled unconstitutional last year. The Computer & Communications Industry Association, along with fellow trade association NetChoice, challenged the law last May after it was…

Groups Call on Congress to Address Concerns over Economic Harms of Proposed Antitrust Bills

Washington – A dozen organizations have penned a joint letter to lawmakers Wednesday to express concerns over the economic harms that proposed antitrust legislation will have on American consumers and businesses of all sizes. The broad, diverse, and bipartisan array of signatories includes the Council and the Computer & Communications Industry Association, TechNet, the Small…