Online Taxes On House Agenda

Online taxes has become a focus on Capitol Hill with various competing bills and last week the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on “Constitutional Limitations on States’ Authority to Collect Sales Taxes in E-Commerce.” CCIA member eBay’s Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Tod Cohen was among those testifying before the Committee. The hearing discussed…

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European Court Delivers Crucial Anti-Filtering Judgment

After the encouraging opinion of Advocate General Cruz Villalón in the Scarlet vs SABAM case delivered in April 2011, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) gave its final judgment on 24 November. One can say that the judgment is crucial for the Internet economy in general and for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in particular, in two…

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FTC Settles Facebook Privacy Issue

The Federal Trade Commission has announced a settlement with Facebook after an investigation of its privacy practices. As part of the agreement, Facebook has agreed to various privacy measures and annual privacy audits for 20 years. The Computer & Communications Industry Association recognizes the need for information and choice when it comes to online privacy…

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Growing Opposition Renders SOPA DOA

Days after an unbalanced Congressional hearing on a bill to crackdown on online copyright infringement, a government cybersecurity expert has written to Congress warning H.R. 3261 would “negatively impact” cybersecurity — and not be effective at the stated goal of reducing piracy. So far House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith has not responded to news media inquiries about…

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Thai for Two?

What do the MPAA, the RIAA, the U.S. Congress, and the perennially human-rights-challenged Thai government have in common?  A similar taste in misguided regulations with draconian flair. In Thailand, the Computer Crimes Act holds a website operator responsible for any content posted on his or her website.  The country also has strict lèse majesté laws that make…

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