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…

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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…

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CCIA Calls On Congress To Strengthen Privacy Protections For Europeans For Transatlantic Week

Washington — As Members of the European Parliament meet with their U.S. counterparts during the annual Transatlantic Week, the technology industry is calling on Congress to extend redress rights to Europeans. Both the House and Senate introduced the Judicial Redress Act this Spring, which would allow Europeans and citizens of other allies to request corrections…

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CCIA Endorses Technology Industry Expert Andy Slavitt As Next Medicare and Medicaid Administrator

Washington – Computer & Communication Industry Association CEO and President Ed Black today respectfully urged the U.S. Senate to promptly approve the nomination of Andy Slavitt as the next Administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. “Andy Slavitt has tremendous experience as a technology leader and in health care,” Black noted. “Slavitt enjoys…

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Consumer Groups, Tech Companies, CCIA Launch “Competify” Campaign

Washington — As federal officials face several important policy decisions that will have a significant impact on the affordability and availability of broadband, CCIA is proud to be a member of a coalition of industry and consumer groups supporting the “Competify” campaign. The campaign, aimed at encouraging consumer choice and policies that promote affordable broadband,…

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European Parliament Adopts Reda Copyright Report, Omits Amendments Harmful To Internet, Innovation

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Parliament has adopted the “Reda report” on copyright today. The plenary vote comes several weeks after the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs committee (JURI) adopted MEP Julia Reda’s report and rejected proposed amendments to protect press publishers in ways that would have put the EU out of sync with international copyright…

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FBI Requests Access To Citizens Encrypted Communications At Senate Hearings

Washington — At two separate Senate hearings today, the FBI and Department of Justice, primarily through the testimony of FBI Director James Comey, renewed their calls for a solution that would enable law enforcement access to encrypted communications over consumer devices and services. The Computer & Communications Industry Association supports strong encryption as a way…

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The Future of an EU-Wide Ancillary Copyright for Press Publishers Remains Uncertain

Brussels, BELGIUM — Discussions around a possible ‘snippet levy’ or ‘news aggregation tax’ targeting online services like search engines and news aggregators have slowly but surely reached Brussels. In the last month alone we witnessed two considerable developments. First, the legal committee of the European Parliament decided the vote down an amendment to MEP Reda’s…

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