FTC Settles Facebook Privacy Issue

The Federal Trade Commission has announced a settlement with Facebook after an investigation of its privacy practices. As part of the agreement, Facebook has agreed to various privacy measures and annual privacy audits for 20 years. The Computer & Communications Industry Association recognizes the need for information and choice when it comes to online privacy…

Judiciary Committee Holds Lopsided SOPA Hearing Today

The House Judiciary Committee held its first hearing on broad new Internet regulations, which have been opposed by cybersecurity experts, technology and consumer electronic business associations, law professors, free speech groups, venture capitalists and Internet users. Unfortunately none of these opponents was given a seat at the lopsided hearing today. Much of the Twitter traffic…

Senate Introduces More Online Sales Tax Legislation

The Computer & Communications Industry Association opposes the Marketplace Fairness Act, the latest bill seeking to impose burdensome state and local tax collecting requirements on online retailers — regardless of physical presence. This bill, introduced today by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Sen. Michael Enzi, R-Wyo., is similar to Sen. Durbin’s…

Study Adds To Link Between Venture Capitalist Investment, Legal Certainty On Copyright Liability For U.S. Cloud Computing Companies

A new economic study adds to evidence that more legal certainty about liability can lead to increased venture capitalist investment in a growing industry — cloud computing. Harvard Business School Professor Josh Lerner, whose research often focuses on venture capital investment and innovation, has examined the impact of the 2008 Cartoon Network v. Cablevision decision,…