House Judiciary Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Taxes and “Nexus Issues”

The House Judiciary Committee’s Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law Subcommittee held a hearing on three bills Tuesday regarding nexus and taxation: the Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act, the Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act and the Business Activity Tax Simplification Act. In particular, as part of the Download Fairness Coalition (DFC),…

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…

CCIA Disappointed That Obama Administration Recommended Against Hearing Important Copyright Case

Washington — The Justice Department, in a filing with the Supreme Court, has counseled against the Court hearing an important copyright case that could have sweeping implications for the technology industry.   In January, the Supreme Court invited the Obama Administration’s views on whether it should hear the case, appealed by Google in 2014, which focuses…

CCIA Cautions Against Encryption Backdoors In Letter To President Obama

Washington — CCIA joined companies, technologists, and civil liberties groups in a letter to President Obama Tuesday requesting the Administration reject proposals that would require companies to build technical weaknesses or backdoors into encryption in their products.  Strong encryption helps protect the public against the ever-growing threats from identity theft to mobile device theft to…

CCIA Calls On Congress To Pass Surveillance Reforms After Court Finds Bulk Metadata Collection Illegal

Washington — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled Thursday that the NSA’s bulk collection of phone and other records was never authorized under section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act.  The intelligence community has argued for the legality of their intelligence gathering practices since well before the first Snowden revelations about the extent…