EU and Japan adopt data flow deal, will they now fight against forced data localisation globally?

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Union and Japan today recognised each others’ data protection systems to allow the free flow of data between their economies. The agreement is linked to the major trade agreement signed today, the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement.  The EPA unfortunately addresses only few barriers to digital trade.  On data flows the…

European Parliament Vote Calls For Better Handling Of Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities

Brussels — Today, the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) adopted its report on the proposed EU Cybersecurity Act. The report includes provisions to  improve how EU Member States manage cybersecurity vulnerabilities to avoid large-scale exploitation of software vulnerabilities as seen during the “WannaCry” attack.  Negotiations between the European Parliament, Council and Commission…

MEPs Call For Changes To Privacy Shield, Threaten Suspension

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Parliament today passed a non-binding resolution calling for the suspension of the EU-US Privacy Shield framework by September 1, unless several improvements are made. The European Commission and the U.S. Administration will formally review the enforcement of the Privacy Shield in September. The Computer & Communications Industry Association has been…

European Parliament Rejects Copyright Mandate

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Members of the European Parliament today voted to reject the introduction of a press publishers’ right in Europe (the so-called “link tax”) and of content filtering mechanisms across a broad range of online services. Negotiations within the Parliament will now continue. The Computer & Communications Industry Association, along with hundreds of…

CCIA Welcomes Music Modernization Act Markup In Senate

Washington — The Senate Judiciary Committee plans to mark up the Music Modernization Act Thursday. The bill would update the licensing of music rights for the digital age. Senators are also considering provisions to ensure Congressional oversight if the Justice Department terminates long-standing consent decrees that aim to keep anti-competitive practices in the music sector…

CCIA Encourages House E&C To Reauthorize NTIA, Promote Spectrum, Competition

Washington — The House Energy & Commerce Committee is meeting today (Tuesday) to consider the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Reauthorization Act. The following can be attributed to Computer & Communications Industry Association President & CEO Ed Black: “CCIA welcomes the Energy & Commerce Committee’s plans to reauthorize the NTIA, which has not been…

CCIA Encourages House E&C To Reauthorize NTIA, Promote Spectrum, Competition

Washington — The House Energy & Commerce Committee is meeting today (Tuesday) to consider the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Reauthorization Act. The following can be attributed to Computer & Communications Industry Association President & CEO Ed Black: “CCIA welcomes the Energy & Commerce Committee’s plans to reauthorize the NTIA, which has not been…

Supreme Court Rules That Cell Site Location Information Has Fourth Amendment Protection

Washington — Law enforcement cannot access a criminal suspect’s cell site location information without a warrant based on probable cause, according to a Supreme Court ruling today. Carpenter v. United States examined whether the warrantless seizure and search of historical cellphone records, revealing the location and movements of a cell phone user over the course…