European Commission Issues Temporary Rules to Allow Companies to Continue Removal of Online Child Sexual Abuse Material

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission published a proposed Regulation today allowing online communications providers to continue to detect and remove child sexual abuse material (CSAM) from their services.  This proposal is designed to make up for an unintended consequence of the existing e-Privacy Directive, which will apply to online messaging services as of 21…

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CCIA Responds to the European Commission Consultation on Article 17 of the Copyright Directive

Brussels, BELGIUM –The Computer & Communications Industry Association offered comments on the implementation of Article 17 of the Copyright Directive today. CCIA’s comments include elements such as the scope of services covered, how online content-sharing service providers have to provide their ‘best efforts’ to obtain rightsholders’ authorisation, and avoiding unauthorised content online.  After months of…

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CCIA Supports an EU Risk-Based Approach to AI in Comments

The Computer & Communications Industry Association submitted comments today to the European Commission’s roadmap consultation on Artificial Intelligence (AI). The Commission is expected to present a legislative proposal in Q1 2021. In its comments CCIA welcomes the Commission’s aim to “create trust and incentivise the use of such AI systems by citizens and businesses”. It…

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CCIA Responds to Public Consultation on EU Proposal for a New Competition Tool

Brussels, BELGIUM –The Computer & Communications Industry Association offered comments on the European Commission’s public consultation on the forthcoming proposals for a new complementary tool to strengthen competition enforcement (“NCT”) today. The consultation questions cover a wide range of issues around perceived gaps in the current EU competition rules, particularly those related to what are…

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CCIA Encourages a Deepening of the EU Digital Single Market, Clarified Responsibilities, and Safeguards of Fundamental Rights in Digital Services Act Filing

Brussels, BELGIUM –The Computer & Communications Industry Association offered comments on the European Commission’s forthcoming Digital Services Act today. The consultation questions covered topics such as intermediaries’ liability, transparency requirements for digital services, ex-ante measures, online advertising, platform workers, and governance of digital services in the EU Single Market. The European Commission is expected to…

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CCIA Cautions FCC On Taking Actions Outside Its Legal Authority

Washington — The Federal Communications Commission is receiving comments until Wednesday in response to an NTIA petition for a rulemaking through which the FCC would assert greater control over online speech, by narrowing Section 230 of the Telecommunications Act. The action follows an executive order from President Trump in May aimed at pressuring social media…

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CCIA Praises House Resolution Denouncing Digital Taxes Aimed At U.S. Companies

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association commends members of Congress for taking a stand against countries enacting new digital taxes aimed at U.S. tech companies. Today Representatives Ron Estes, R-Kan. and Dan Kildee, D-Mich. introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives condemning digital services taxes.  The resolution supports U.S. actions taken and…

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Apple, Cisco, Google, and Intel Challenge USPTO Rule Reducing Access to IPR

Washington — Four major American technology companies filed a challenge to the so-called NHK-Fintiv rule under the Administrative Procedure Act Monday.  The rule, which permits the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to refuse to reexamine a patent if the patent might be part of a trial in the near future, has increasingly been used by…

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CCIA, 20 Companies, Groups Ask FTC To Pursue Rehearing Of Qualcomm Antitrust Case

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association joined 20 other companies and associations in a letter encouraging the Federal Trade Commissioners to seek en banc rehearing of its case against Qualcomm. The FTC rightly asserted in its case that Qualcomm’s licensing practices were anticompetitive, hurt rivals and enhanced their monopoly. The trial court judge…

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