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Fireside Chat With Hal Varian: Antitrust Bills Would Harm Tech Market, Consumers

Washington – A recent fireside chat with Google’s Chief Economist Hal Varian featured discussion on the flawed reasoning behind proposed tech regulations in antitrust bills like S. 2992, H.R. 3825, and H.R. 3826. Together with the Computer & Communications Industry Association’s Director of Research and Economics Trevor Wagener, Hal Varian countered arguments supporting the proposed…

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CCIA Supports International Communications Privacy Act

Washington — Shortly after the introduction of the ECPA Modernization Act in the Senate, Senators Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Chris Coons, D-Del., introduced the International Communications Privacy Act. ICPA would include similar warrant protections for electronic communications and help develop solutions for law enforcement access to communications that do not pertain to U.S. persons or…

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CCIA Applauds Senate For Introducing Updated Privacy Standards For Electronic Communications and Geolocation Information

Washington — Senators Lee and Leahy have introduced legislation that would offer email and geolocation information comprehensive privacy protections consistent with users’ present-day expectations. The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) was originally written in 1986 before most individuals’ communications were stored online. The ECPA Modernization Act of 2017 introduced Thursday would update ECPA to clearly…

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Advocate General at the EU Court of Justice Issues Opinion In Coty Germany Case on Online Marketplace Bans

Brussels, BELGIUM — Advocate General Nils Wahl delivered his opinion in the Coty Germany case (Case C-230/16). The case deals with contractual provisions a producer of luxury cosmetics imposed on his authorized retailer, prohibiting the latter the sale of products on open online marketplaces. The key question pending in front of the Court of Justice…

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CCIA Asks ITC To Reject Qualcomm’s Request To Block iPhones

Washington — The International Trade Commission should reject Qualcomm’s request to block Apple devices from reaching the market, according to comments filed today by the Computer & Communications Industry Association. The ITC is accepting comments on Qualcomm’s request that the ITC ban importation and sale of Apple mobile devices that don’t use a Qualcomm processor.…

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CCIA Warns Against State Department’s Reported Plans to Shut Down Cyber Office Amid Growing Hacking Threats

Washington — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced plans to shut down the State Department’s cyber office, which coordinates with other countries on issues ranging from international hacking to cybersecurity. The Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues will be folded into Department’s economic bureau and its head will no longer report to the Secretary…

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