Court Hears Arguments Challenging Legality Of Maryland’s Digital Tax

Washington – A federal judge in Maryland heard oral arguments today in a case challenging the constitutionality of Maryland’s digital tax, which the legislature passed last year. The “Digital Advertising Gross Revenues Tax” aimed at some digital advertising platforms attempts to collect up to ten percent of global revenues from a small number of out-of-state…

CCIA and International Business Groups Raise Concerns with EU Foreign Subsidies Proposal

Brussels, BELGIUM – The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), along with six other leading international trade associations, expressed concerns with the EU proposal on foreign subsidies in a joint statement highlighting the potential unintended consequences of the EU Regulation. The statement was signed by the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU, Australian Business in Europe,…

CCIA, 10 Associations, Groups Warn Senate Judiciary Leaders EARN IT Bill Would Make Internet Less Safe, Weaken Ability To Remove Illegal Content

Washington – The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to mark up the “Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies” (EARN IT) Act on Thursday, which would weaken the law companies rely upon to address objectionable activity online, commonly referred to as Section 230, in a misdirected effort to combat child sexual abuse material (CSAM)…

CCIA Offers Written Views Ahead Of Senate Judiciary Apps Bill Markup

Washington – The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to markup Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Marsha Blackurn’s Open Apps Markets Act Thursday. The bill could block current app policies on everything from payments to user privacy and security for some platforms that offer apps. But then it would exempt other big companies and app platforms like…

CCIA Welcomes Senate Finance Committee Leadership on EU Discriminatory Tech Regulation

Washington — In a letter to President Biden, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden and Ranking Member Mike Crapo raised concerns with forthcoming EU legislation the Digital Markets Act and the Digital Services Act. The letter encouraged the Administration to engage with the EU, leveraging ongoing conversations through platforms like the U.S.-EU Tech & Trade…

Senate Reintroduces Bill To Undermine Legal Basis For Digital Services’ Efforts To Address Dangerous Content

Washington – Senator Graham and Senator Blumenthal have reintroduced the “Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies” (EARN IT) Act, which would weaken the law companies rely upon to address objectionable activity online, commonly referred to as Section 230, in a misdirected effort to combat child sexual abuse material (CSAM) online.  The bill is…

CCIA Submits Comments Ahead of USTR’s Annual Special 301 Report On IP Trade Barriers

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association filed Special 301 comments today with the U.S. Trade Representative, asking USTR to identify countries using intellectual property rules in ways that pose trade barriers for U.S. exporters in its upcoming Special 301 report. The following can be attributed to CCIA President Matt Schruers:  “Countries, including longtime…

New Deloitte Studies Find Retailers Innovating and Competing to Give Consumers More Choices Than Ever Before

Washington – New survey research by Deloitte on small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and consumers finds that competition in retail is benefiting consumers with more choice, competitive pricing and constant innovation. The studies, “Retail Today” and “Consumer Preferences Embrace a Mix of Physical and Digital,” look at how consumer preferences for price, convenience, and product…