Tech Industry Letter to USTR Regarding De Minimis in USMCA

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association joined 14 other associations in a letter to United States Trade Representative Lighthizer Tuesday requesting that a footnote be removed in the recently-agreed USMCA which suggests that the United States could lower its de minimis threshold for Canada and Mexico to a “reciprocal amount.” The letter notes…

CCIA Submits Privacy Principles, Comments to NTIA

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association presented the Commerce Department a set of strong “Privacy Principles” today to help guide the development of a national policy on consumer privacy. CCIA also filed substantive comments in response to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s request for information on consumer privacy. CCIA supports the development of…

CCIA Calls For An EU-U.S. CLOUD Act Framework Agreement

Brussels — On November 8-9, an EU-U.S. Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial meeting will address, among other issues, cross-border law enforcement access to digital evidence for the purpose of criminal investigation and prosecution. The Computer & Communications Industry Association supports talks on a transatlantic framework, which would facilitate European and U.S. law enforcement access to…

FTC Competition Hearings Will Focus On Privacy, Big Data Tuesday; FTC Yet to Hold Hearings on Broadband Competition and Net Neutrality

Washington — This month, the FTC resumes another round of hearings. The hearing Tuesday will focus on privacy and big data  and then algorithms and AI will be discussed the following week. The Computer & Communications Industry Association appreciates that the FTC will be considering privacy, big data, and competition and looks forward to the…

CCIA Files Response To Israel Antitrust Authority’s Request For Comments On Digital Economy

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association offered comments to Israeli antitrust officials today. The Israeli Antitrust Authority had requested comments about competition issues with the digitalization of the global economy. CCIA has advocated for robust competition in the tech industry since 1972. The not for profit international trade association has been concerned lately…

CCIA Details Scope of Country-by-Country Trade Barriers For USTR

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association offered USTR examples of digital trade barriers as part of trade officials’ annual request for comments. USTR will issue its National Trade Estimates (NTE) report in the Spring identifying regulations around the world that pose barriers to trade. In recent years, USTR has increased its commitment to…

CCIA Welcomes EU-US Privacy Shield Review

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association welcomes the second joint EU-U.S. Privacy Shield review which took place on Thursday and Friday this week. The Privacy Shield framework allows companies to transfer personal data from the European Union to the United States while ensuring adequate protection of European citizens’ data. This second annual…

FTC To Examine Tech Business Models, Acquisitions and Labor At October Hearings

Washington — The Federal Trade Commission is holding a third round of hearings October 15-17 at George Mason University. Witnesses will weigh in on how existing regulations apply to multi-sided business models, digital economy employment and valuing mergers of digital services when the products offered to consumers are free. The Computer & Communications Industry Association…