State Department’s Rob Strayer Begins Work Leading International Engagement On Internet, Digital Economy Issues

Washington — A new Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Cyber and International Communications and Information Policy began work this week at the State Department. Rob Strayer will help advocate for sound technology policy and for the growth of the digital economy with several international governing organizations. Strayer comes from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee…

CCIA Reaffirms Support for EU-U.S. Privacy Shield as Joint Annual Review Begins

Washington DC  — E.U. and U.S. officials meet in Washington Monday and Tuesday for the first annual review of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, the recently implemented framework for transatlantic transfers of commercial data. Representatives of the European Commission, U.S. Commerce and Justice Departments and a dozen other agencies will be examining how the new agreement’s…

EU Countries Question The Compatibility Of Copyright Reform With EU Fundamental Rights

Brussels — This morning, the website Statewatch published a leaked EU Council document on the copyright reform, in which a number of European countries are strongly questioning its compatibility with European fundamental rights. For the past year, the European Commission has been explaining that Article 13 of its copyright proposal – despite upending the liability…

CCIA Encourages DOJ To Reassess Policies Regarding Warrants For Data Stored In The Cloud in Light of DreamHost Dispute

Washington — On Tuesday, the Department of Justice filed a motion in the District of Columbia Superior Court to narrow the scope of a controversial warrant it had served on web host DreamHost, regarding an Inauguration protest website. The initial warrant was widely characterized as overbroad by CCIA and others. CCIA has advocated for reasonable…

CCIA Applauds Senate For Introducing Updated Privacy Standards For Electronic Communications and Geolocation Information

Washington — Senators Lee and Leahy have introduced legislation that would offer email and geolocation information comprehensive privacy protections consistent with users’ present-day expectations. The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) was originally written in 1986 before most individuals’ communications were stored online. The ECPA Modernization Act of 2017 introduced Thursday would update ECPA to clearly…

EC Issues Record Fine In Google Shopping Case; CCIA Concerned About Chilling Effect On Innovation

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission announced a record fine today. Its antitrust investigation began seven years ago after some online price comparison sites complained Google favored its own service in search results. Today the Commission decided that the prominent placement of Google’s own comparison shopping service in search results constitutes abuse of a dominant…