FBI Calls For Legislation To Give Government Access To Encrypted Data

Washington – In a speech at the Brookings Institution today, FBI Director James Comey’s called on Congress to pass legislation giving the government statutorily mandated access to the encrypted data on peoples’ smartphones. Comey had previously criticized companies like Apple and Google for offering customers new encryption tools to protect smartphone data. The following can…

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Goethe’s Ghost: A Few German Publishers Claim Online Services Have No Choice But to Show a Short Extract… And Pay For It

Can you infringe someone’s right by not infringing it? According to some German press publishers, this is precisely the case after Google’s announcement that it will no longer display snippets and thumbnails from content owned by publishers who are represented by VG Media, a collecting society. This follows the introduction of the Leistungsschutzrecht by the…

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CCIA Joins Industry and Civil Society Groups In Joint Recommendations for the EU’s ITU Participation

Brussels – Since the Internet is such a critical platform for economic opportunity and social development, the EU should be a strong advocate for Internet governance that does not involve new governmental controls at the upcoming ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan in October. Industry groups including the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) issued a statement today…

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CCIA Offers Incoming European Commissioners Internet Industry Manifesto

Brussels – As the new Commissioners are interviewed by the European Parliament and prepare to take office and shape economic policy in line with their goals, the Computer & Communications Industry Association’s European office released its policy recommendations on how to leverage the Internet for maximum economic and social benefit. With the Internet now integrated…

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