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.…

Companies, Groups Ask World Leaders To Support Strong Encryption

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association joined an open letter with experts, companies, and organizations in more than 35 countries that asks world leaders to support strong encryption and to reject any law, policy, or mandate that would undermine digital security. Governments in France, India, China, the U.K. and U.S. are among those…

The Judicial Redress Act: Expanding Privacy Rights and Facilitating Data Flows
August 31, 2015

CCIA, Civil Rights Groups Object To Intelligence Provision Requiring Companies To Report Suspicious Activity To Law Enforcement

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association joined civil rights and free speech advocates in a letter expressing concern that broad language in a provision in the Senate version of the Intelligence Authorization Act of 2015.  The provision would require online communications services to report potential terrorist activity, and could subject many innocent people…

EU and US Negotiators Close To Finalising A Safer “Safe Harbour”

Brussels — U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker met in Brussels Thursday with Vera Jourova, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality to revitalise negotiations on a framework for commercial data transfers. More than 3,000 European and U.S. companies use the 15 year old Safe Harbour framework for commercial data transfers.  Safe Harbour certification is…

CCIA Awaiting Upcoming Email Privacy Act Markup

Washington — In the next couple of weeks, the House Judiciary Committee will likely markup the Email Privacy Act, the leading bill aimed at reforming the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA).  ECPA governs the circumstances under which online service providers may disclose the contents of communications or customer records to the government.  CCIA strongly supports…