EU Competition Commissioner Issues Statement of Objections to Google

Brussels – Today, European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager announced that the European Commission has issued a statement of objections in the Google competition investigation.  The Commission’s preliminary case focuses on the functioning of Google’s shopping results. Furthermore, Ms. Vestager also announced the opening of a separate official investigation of Google’s Android operating system. The announcement…

CCIA Presents Recommendations And Hosts Stakeholder Event, As EU And US Leaders Agree On Digital Cooperation

Brussels — Senior officials from the U.S. Government and the European Commission meet in Brussels today to agree on a blueprint for digital cooperation.  In advance the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) has prepared ten recommendations on how to boost our transatlantic digital economy and restore trust. The heads of the EU and U.S.…

CCIA Welcomes The Judicial Redress Act of 2015

CCIA supports the bipartisan Judicial Redress Act of 2015 as introduced by Representatives Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Conyers (D-MI). This Act is crucial to help restore global trust in the U.S. government and, by extension, in the U.S. tech industry which is a major contributor to U.S. exports and U.S. growth. Under existing laws, non-U.S. citizens…

H-1B Applications Again Go to Lottery

Days after the application period opened, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that the number of H-1B temporary work visa applications received already surpasses the annual statutory cap for FY 2016. The 20,000 cap for advanced degree holders was also surpassed. With the filing period now having been closed on Apr. 7,…

MEPs, Academics, Businesses Discuss CCIA/EDiMA Internet Opportunity Study

Brussels  — Just a month after an OECD report calling on Europe to boost productivity, CCIA and EDiMA released a report illustrating untapped potential of the Internet that could do just that. Brian Williamson of Plum Consulting presented his study ahead of a panel discussions at the CCIA/EDiMA hosted event at the Residential Palace Tuesday.…

CCIA Joins Letter Asking Congress To Stop NSA From Bulk Data Collection

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association joined a coalition letter urging Congress to pass legislation to stop the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of electronic communications. The companies, civil liberties groups, and associations said Congress should not renew the NSA program in its current form, which is set to expire June 1. The…

Scrapped Indian internet law is big win for freedom of speech online

India’s Supreme Court today, March 24, vetoed a controversial 2009 amendment to India’s Information Technology Act.  The court found it unconstitutional as a restriction on freedom of speech online. The amendment made posting information on social media of “grossly offensive or menacing character” punishable by up to three years in jail. The law was challenged…

CCIA Expresses Concern Over Florida Proposal to Regulate Internet Content Sites

Washington – This week Florida legislators are considering proposals that could undermine core principles that have helped keep the Internet open and free.  They would force website owners and operators to publicly display their name, address, and telephone number or e-mail address if they make available commercial recordings or audiovisual works, and failure to do…