Senate Considers Troubling Expansion of National Security Letter Authority

Washington -The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is currently reviewing various amendments in anticipation of its Thursday markup of the Email Privacy Act, which won unanimous passage from the House of Representatives earlier this year. One of the proposed amendments offered by Senator John Cornyn purports to “improve the provisions relating to the privacy of electronic…

CCIA Applauds House Passage of Email Privacy Act

Washington – The House has unanimously approved legislation to enhance privacy protections to citizens’ email. The long overdue Email Privacy Act clearly gives Fourth Amendment protections to electronic communications by requiring the government to obtain a warrant based on probable cause to access the contents of citizens’ email stored in the cloud. The bipartisan bill,…

EU Issues Antitrust Charges Against Google

Brussels — The European Commission’s Commissioner of Competition, Margrethe Vestager, issued a Statement of Objections against Google outlining alleged competition problems with Google’s contracts for the distribution of Android and its mobile apps.  The complaint focuses on three specific issues.  The Commission has identified alleged problems with Google’s distribution of its mobile apps on Android,…

CCIA Applauds House Judiciary Committee Approval of Email Privacy Act

Washington – The House Judiciary Committee has voted to favorably report long-awaited reforms to give improved privacy protections to individuals’ electronic communications. The Email Privacy Act (H.R. 699) would require the government to get a warrant before demanding companies turn over customers’ emails and other electronic communications. The bill was amended by a substitute amendment…

Data Protection Authorities’ Opinion Paves Way For Adoption Of EU-US Privacy Shield

Brussels — European Data Protection Authorities today issued a non-binding opinion on the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, the new framework for transatlantic commercial data transfers. The Chair of the Article 29 Working Party, Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, called Privacy Shield a “major improvement” and a “great step forward” from its predecessor, the Safe Harbour. The Working Party did…

Draft Feinstein-Burr Anti-Encryption Bill Would Seriously Harm Security, Speech, and Innovation Online

Washington — A discussion draft of Senators Feinstein and Burr’s long-awaited encryption access bill was released late Thursday night. The “Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016” purports to require that digital service providers produce “intelligible data” in response to government demands pursuant to a court order, or provide “technical assistance” to achieve that end.…