Major Industry Groups Call For Guidance And Transition Period After Safe Harbour Ruling

Brussels, BELGIUM — More than 20 major industry groups are today sending a joint letter to European Commission President Juncker following the Court of Justice of the European Union’s (CJEU) recent invalidation of the EU Safe Harbour Decision. The letter calls for a harmonised implementation of the judgment, legal guidance, and a sufficient transition period…

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House, Senate Hold Simultaneous Broadband, Spectrum Hearings

Washington – Both sides of Capitol Hill, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee and House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held simultaneous hearings Wednesday, often hitting the same notes, as they addressed the central questions of broadband deployment and spectrum allocation.  The Senate hearing focused on barriers to the deployment of…

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CCIA Sends Letter To President Obama Warning Of Dangers Of Encryption Backdoors

Washington — In a letter to President Obama, the Computer & Communications Industry Association said so-called encryption backdoors would create security risks, economic problems for tech sector, and privacy concerns for citizens and international allies. The letter was sent as both the Administration and Congress consider policy proposals to address the growing availability of strong…

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European Top Court Invalidates Safe Harbor, Industry Calls For Predictable Rules

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) delivered its final ruling this morning in the case “Schrems Vs the Data Protection Commissioner.”  The high court decided to invalidate the 15 year old EU-U.S. framework for commercial data transfers, the Safe Harbor.  More than 4,000 European and International companies are Safe…

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European Commission Issues Platform Questions As Part Of DSM Strategy

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission has begun its public inquiry into online platforms, releasing its consultation today as part of developing its Digital Single Market strategy. The questions cover four main categories: the business practices of online platforms and consumer fairness intermediary liability of online companies data and cloud in digital ecosystems the collaborative…

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CCIA co-hosts event, sends letter ahead of EU-China summit

CCIA Europe co-hosted a well-attended breakfast event today, September 23, on the EU’s engagement with China on digital trade issues.  The occasion is next week’s EU-China High Level Economic Dialogue in Beijing which see senior EU participation by Commissioners Malmstrom, Oettinger and Katainen. Wednesday’s event also presented a new joint letter to the three Commissioners…

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Senate Drops Controversial Internet Reporting Requirement From Intelligence Bill

  Washington – Senate leaders have removed a controversial reporting requirement from the Intelligence Authorization Act. The measure would have turned online communications companies into Internet police, making it mandatory for them to report evidence of any potential terrorist activity, which could have subjected many innocent people to government investigation. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., had…

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