CCIA Opposes FISA Reauthorization Amendments Act

Washington — Today, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence marked up and favorably reported out the FISA Reauthorization Amendments Act, H.R. 4478, which is meant to reauthorize Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The Computer & Communications Industry Association opposes the legislation as reported out by the committee. The FISA Reauthorization Amendments…

CCIA, Over 80 Organizations Warn of Irreparable Damage to be Caused by Copyright Directive

Brussels — Over 80 organisations, including the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA), warn EU Countries in a short statement that current negotiations on the proposal for a Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market are on the verge of causing irreparable damage to Europe’s fundamental rights, economy, competitiveness, education, research, innovation, creativity and…

EU Commission Publishes Communication on the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights

Brussels — The European Commission has published a Communication today, providing guidance on the enforcement of intellectual property rights online and offline across the European Union. With this Communication, the European Commission clarifies its views in a balanced manner on some provisions of the Directive 2004/48/EC on the enforcement of intellectual property rights (“IPRED”) interpreted…

Does Competition Law Need an Update for Online Markets? Hot Topics, Trends and Perspectives in Competition Policy

On November 30, CCIA, the European Competition and Regulatory Law Review (CoRe) and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) will host a joint conference discussing some of today’s most frequently asked questions: Does competition law enforcement require an update for online markets? How well does enforcement work in internet markets and is there a need to get better at factoring…

CCIA Announces New Hires In Washington and Brussels Offices

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association is announcing new hires  in both its DC and Brussels Offices. Alexandre Roure starts Monday, November 27th in CCIA’s Brussels office, as Senior Manager, Public Policy, and Rachael Stelly recently joined CCIA’s Washington office as Policy Manager. Roure will be managing CCIA advocacy in Europe on data…

FCC Chairman Proposes Getting Rid Of Open Internet Rules

Washington — As Americans across the country prepare to bow their heads and give thanks, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai issued a proposal Wednesday that bows to the biggest Internet Service Providers. Pai’s proposed Report and Order eliminates the FCC’s net neutrality rules and gives the Federal Trade Commission the leftovers when Big ISPs start blocking,…

Pai To Serve Up Half-Baked Proposal Wednesday To Repeal Net Neutrality – Not Humble Pie

Washington — FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced Tuesday that he would release his proposal Wednesday to rescind rules that prevent Internet Service Providers from blocking, slowing down or speeding up traffic to certain websites. The internet has flourished under principles known as “net neutrality,” which have prevented discrimination and promoted entrepreneurship and smaller websites by…

CCIA Welcomes the Civil Liberties Committee’s Opinion on the Copyright Directive

Brussels, BELGIUM — In September 2016, the European Commission published its proposal for a Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (the “Copyright Proposal”). This proposal implements filtering systems for user-uploaded content and undermine the liability regime of Internet intermediaries, legal backbone of the European digital sector. This proposal has recently been condemned without…

EU Ministers Recognise Importance of Encryption to Ensure Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

Brussels, BELGIUM — The General Affairs Council today adopted Conclusions calling for the strengthening of European cybersecurity across the EU.  Importantly, the Conclusions confirm “that strong and trusted encryption is highly important for properly ensuring human rights and fundamental freedoms in EU and for public trust in the Digital Single Market.”  However, they also note…