Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Two Cases Involving Online Content

Washington – The Supreme Court announced it would hear two cases this term involving content online, Gonzalez v. Google and Twitter v. Taamneh. The cases challenge companies for allegedly not doing enough to address dangerous content on their sites at a time when several state legislatures are seeking to tie companies’ hands, arguing they are…

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CCIA, NetChoice Ask To Block Texas Social Media Law From Taking Effect During Appeal

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association has asked a federal appeals court to prevent Texas’s controversial social media law from taking effect ahead of a potential Supreme Court hearing of the case. CCIA along with its partner NetChoice argue that the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling is likely to be overturned because…

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CCIA Statement On ITU Electing Longtime Veteran To Lead UN Agency

Washington – The International Telecommunications Union, an agency of the United Nations that facilitates standards for international communications and spectrum coordination, has elected its new Secretary General at a meeting in Bucharest. American Doreen Bogdan-Martin, who brings three decades of telecommunications experience to the ITU, will be the first female leader of the ITU. The…

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CCIA Encouraged As Bill Aimed At Boosting Interoperability, Efficiency In Government Software Licensing Advances From Committee

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association applauded the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee for advancing legislation that would promote interoperability and efficiency in federal software procurement. The bill, “Strengthening Agency Management and Oversight of Software Assets Act” (SAMOSA, S. 4908), sponsored by Senator Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and Senator Bill Cassidy (R-La.),…

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Product and AI Liability: Updating EU Rules for Digital Age Requires Balanced Approach

Brussels, BELGIUM — Today, the European Commission presented its new Artificial Intelligence (AI) Liability Directive and proposed a revision of the EU Product Liability Directive (PLD). With these initiatives the Commission wants to bring Europe’s product liability regime and consumer protection into the digital era. The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA Europe) commends the…

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CCIA Recommendations on Canada’s Online News Act Ahead of Committee Hearing

Washington — The Heritage Committee in the House of Commons of Canada will meet at a  hearing on Friday afternoon to discuss Bill C-18, dubbed “the Online News Act.” The bill would require large “digital news intermediaries” including search engines and social media platforms to pay Canadian news companies to index their content or to…

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CCIA Testifies Before District of Columbia Council On Artificial Intelligence

Washington – The District of Columbia Council Committee on Government Operations and Facilities will hear from experts Thursday about the potential impacts of proposed legislation, B24-0558, aimed at regulating automated decision making. Khara Boender, State Policy Director for the Computer & Communications Industry offered written comments and expressed to the Committee that CCIA shares their…

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Senate Judiciary Committee Approves JCPA

Washington – The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved S. 673, the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act, after a new amendment was adopted during the markup Thursday. This follows partisan disagreement over the controversial legislation, which proposes to exempt some news media outlets from antitrust laws and encourages the formation of a news cartel. Unfortunately the…

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CCIA Statement on Florida’s Petition To U.S. Supreme Court In Social Media Law Case

Washington – Florida has filed a legal brief asking the Supreme Court to hear the case challenging its social media law, which an appeals court struck down in May as unconstitutional. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled unanimously in a 3-0 decision that Florida’s social media censorship law violated the First…

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CCIA Offers Comments to USTR on Proposed U.S.-Kenya Trade Partnership

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association filed comments with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on its proposed U.S.-Kenya Strategic Trade & Investment Partnership, providing recommendations to boost and support digital trade between the two countries.  CCIA welcomes the Biden Administration’s desire to expand trade opportunities with Kenya and encourages the United…

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Appeals Court In Texas Social Media Case Says Statute May Go Into Effect

Washington – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has issued an opinion that would allow Texas’ ‘Fairness Doctrine for the Internet’ statute, HB 20, to take effect. It issued an order vacating the district court injunction of the Texas law, which would prohibit social media companies from removing dangerous or offensive content…

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European Media Freedom Act: Fight Against Disinformation and Illegal Content Requires Balanced Relationship Between Media and Online Platforms

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Media Freedom Act presented by the European Commission earlier today seeks to introduce new rules to safeguard the independence and pluralism of Europe’s media. The “must-carry” obligation included in the proposal, however, could be abused to force social media and other online platforms to spread disinformation or illegal content, the…

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CCIA Response To California Governor Signing Legislation Aimed At Tech Companies

Washington – California Gov. Newsom signed legislation on Tuesday that imposes content moderation requirements on digital services platforms. AB 587 carries heavy compliance requirements along with costly penalties, which may limit what companies are currently doing to protect users from dangerous content online.  The Computer & Communications Industry Association offered comments this past July as…

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New EU Cybersecurity Rules Are Well-intended, but Introduce Unnecessary Red Tape

Brussels, BELGIUM – The European Commission presented today a new Cyber Resilience Act (CRA), seeking to create extensive approval processes that a wide range of digital products and services would have to undergo before they can be sold and used on the EU market. The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA Europe) supports the Commission’s…

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EU Rules to Fight Child Sexual Abuse Should Be Future-proof and Respect Fundamental Rights

Brussels, BELGIUM – Legislation to combat and prevent child sexual abuse (CSA) proposed by the European Commission has an important role to play in protecting children in Europe and beyond. The CSA Regulation puts forward new obligations for online service providers to detect, remove and report child sexual abuse material (CSAM), as well as the…

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IPEF Leaders Announce Trade Partners, Negotiating Objectives

Washington — The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and U.S Commerce Department officials hosted meetings with trading partners in Los Angeles this week for the first face-to-face ministerial meeting to discuss the goals of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF).  At the conclusion of these meetings, the 14 Parties released Negotiation Objectives that…

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CCIA To Testify Before FTC On Privacy Thursday

Washington –The Computer & Communications Industry Association will testify Thursday during the Federal Trade Commission’s Public Forum on Privacy. CCIA supports baseline federal privacy rules for the Internet ecosystem. CCIA Chief of Staff and Senior Vice President Stephanie Joyce will tell the FTC that federal law should protect sensitive user data that can be linked…

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CCIA Statement On Senate Bill That Would Change Antitrust Laws For News Organizations

Washington — Legislation to exempt some news media outlets from antitrust laws against collusion known as the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act is scheduled to be marked up by the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday.  The Computer & Communications Industry Association has defended competition in the marketplace for 50 years and fought media consolidation and mergers…

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CCIA Release White Paper on Canada’s Proposed Online News Act, Details Threats to U.S.-Canada Trade Relationship

Washington — Canada is expected to soon renew legislative debate on Bill C-18, referred to as the “Online News Act.” The Online News Act would impose payment obligations to news publishers on one set of market participants in the country’s news industry, targeting U.S. Internet services.  The Computer & Communications Industry Association has released a…

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California Passes Bills Impacting Content Moderation, Online Privacy, Data

Washington – As California wraps up its legislative session, lawmakers approved several problematic bills regarding online content moderation, data privacy, and algorithms, which will now be sent to the governor to be signed into law by Sept. 30. The bills range from regulating devices and features on online platforms to holding companies responsible for underage…

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9 Associations Call for Balanced Liability Rules for Consumers and Businesses

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA Europe) and eight other leading trade associations representing startups, SMEs, and technology companies sent an industry letter to the European Commission on the upcoming revision of the EU liability framework last week. The letter encourages the Commission to ensure that the new liability rules for…

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CCIA Files Comments On South African Online Platforms Market Report

Washington – South Africa’s Competition Commission has requested comments on its provisional report on Online Intermediation Platforms, which expresses concern about how particular features of online platforms could impede competition. The Computer & Communications Industry Association offered comments today, explaining the benefits of various business models and services behind online intermediation platforms as well as…

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CCIA Offers PTO Comments On Improving Patent Quality, Discouraging Legal Antics With Invalid Patents

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association said the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office should not leave an invalid patent in force, even if the challenger is to be sanctioned, and recommended that any sanctions should focus on the party, not on the proceeding. Today’s filing comes in response to a request by the…

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CCIA Submits Comments To California’s Privacy Protection Agency

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association filed comments ahead of next week’s deadline in response to California’s request for information as it implements the California Privacy Rights Act.  CPRA is the most comprehensive set of enacted guidelines in the country. CCIA offered comments on how to ensure the regulations reflect the mandates in…

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New Research Reveals Strong Price Competition Between Online and Offline Sales Channels

Washington – A new economic study by the Brattle Group finds strong evidence on the dynamic competitive relationship between online and brick-and-mortar retail sales channels: both channels fiercely compete on price, with offline sales channels often directing price trends. The Brattle study uses data from NPD to analyze nation-wide online and offline prices and volumes…

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CCIA Launches Research Center to Provide a One-Stop-Shop Resource for Data & Analytics on the Connected Economy

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association is pleased to announce the launch of the CCIA Research Center, the longest-running tech trade association’s newest arm and a source for the most up-to-date data and analytics on the connected economy. CCIA has advocated for empirically-grounded policy that advances competition and innovation for 50 years and…

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CCIA Welcomes Senate Introduction Of Net Neutrality Legislation

Washington – Senators Ed Markey and Ron Wyden have introduced legislation to make Broadband Internet Access Service (BIAS) an express form of “telecommunications service” and thus subject to the protections of so-called net neutrality under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934.  Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Calif., has introduced a companion bill in the House. …

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CCIA Welcomes House Passage of CHIPS Bill

Washington – Following the Senate’s vote to advance, the House passed legislation to boost U.S. competitiveness with investment in U.S. microchip manufacturing, 5G wireless deployment, basic science, and research and development. The CHIPS Act passed the Senate Wednesday and will now be sent to President Biden to be signed into law.  The legislation will help…

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CCIA Files ITC Comments In Request To Block Some Apple Products

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry filed comments in response to an International Trade Commission request, saying it should not exclude Apple products that contribute to health and fitness. The filing by CCIA and NetChoice notes the devices the ITC is considering blocking contribute to identifying health issues like early detection of atrial fibrillation. …

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CCIA Response to House Commerce Committee Advancing New Version of Privacy Bill

Washington – The House Commerce Committee has marked up and approved H.R. 8152, the American Data Privacy and Protection Act (ADPPA), sending it out of committee today by a vote of 53-2. Several representatives of the digital technology sector, including the Computer & Communications Industry Association, have lauded the prospect that H.R. 8152 could establish,…

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CCIA Applauds Advancement of CHIPS bill in Senate

Washington – The Senate is moving ahead with debate on a broader bill to boost U.S. competitiveness with investment in U.S. microchip manufacturing, 5G wireless deployment, basic science, and research and development. Senators voted 64-34 on Tuesday night to move ahead with debate on H.R. 4346, the current legislative vehicle carrying the “CHIPS Act,” a…

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ICYMI: Experts Warn FTC Should Not Misuse Authority to Remake Antitrust Law

Washington – Concurrences Review and the Computer & Communications Industry Association hosted an event at the National Press Club June 27 on the Federal Trade Commission’s rulemaking authority. Throughout the day-long event, experts discussed the role of Congress vs. the FTC in changing antitrust law, and the legal and chilling economic impact of FTC’s approach…

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CCIA Submits Comments To OSTP Supporting Privacy Enhancing Technologies

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association filed comments in response to an Office of Science and Technology Policy request for information on Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs), which are automated processes for minimizing data usage and disclosure. PETs have the ability to “recode privacy law” in a manner that minimizes risk of unwanted disclosure…

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CCIA Offers Recommendations for the U.S.-Taiwan Initiative on 21st-Century Trade

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association filed comments with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative detailing recommendations on priorities for the U.S.-Taiwan Initiative on 21st-Century Trade. In June, the Biden administration announced the launch of the economic and trade partnership between the U.S. and Taiwan to “advance and deepen the important U.S.-Taiwan…

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CCIA, INCOMPAS, DiMA Submit Letter to FCC On Its Regulatory Fee Proposal

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) has joined INCOMPAS and the Digital Media Association (DiMA) in a letter to the FCC responding to its question whether to require new types of companies – including companies that use unlicensed spectrum like WiFi – to pay annual regulatory fees. The letter notes that questions…

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Copyright Office Releases “Copyright Protections for Press Publishers” Report

Washington – The Copyright Office released its report “Copyright Protections for Press Publishers” today. The report, at the request of Congress, evaluated the copyright protections for press publishers under existing law and recommended against adding European-style ancillary copyright rules. According to a statement from the Copyright Office on the report, “After carefully evaluating the information…

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CCIA Statement on Conclusions of 12th WTO Ministerial Conference, Joint Industry Statement on E-Commerce Moratorium

Washington – The WTO’s 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) took place on June 12-16. Trade ministers met to review the functioning of the multilateral trading system and to take action on the future work of the WTO.  At the conclusion of these meetings, WTO Members renewed the longstanding moratorium on applying customs duties on electronic transmissions, often…

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CCIA Offers Comments To Japanese Regulators On Competition In The Mobile Ecosystem

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA)  submitted comments on the Japan Digital Market Competition Headquarters’ (DMCH) Interim Reports on Evaluation of Competition in the Mobile Ecosystem and New Customer Contacts (Voice Assistants and Wearables). In its submission, CCIA offered Japanese antitrust regulators its view on the need for a comprehensive understanding of…

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CCIA Welcomes Bipartisan Patent Bill That Would Update PTO Procedures, Promote Fairness In Patent Appeals Process

Washington – Senators Cornyn, Leahy, and Tillis have introduced the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Reform Act of 2022 today.  Current USPTO guidance allows the PTAB to refuse to examine the validity of challenged patents, even if the patent is clearly invalid. This bi-partisan legislation would ensure that meritorious challenges to the validity of…

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Product Safety: CCIA Europe Welcomes European Parliament Vote on New EU Rules

Brussels, BELGIUM — Today, the European Parliament’s Internal Market Committee (IMCO) adopted its position on the proposed General Product Safety Regulation (GPSR). The aim of these new rules is to update the European framework that ensures the safety of products sold offline and online in the EU. The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA Europe)…

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CCIA Joins Associations In Letter To Congress On Privacy Bill

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association joined the Software & Information Industry Association, and TechNet in a letter supporting the effort toward creating a baseline federal privacy standard, but expressing concerns about the private right of action in the American Data Protection and Privacy Act. The letter  to Senate Commerce and House Energy…

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CCIA Marks 50 Years Of Tech Advocacy With Reception, Award

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association celebrated 50 years of promoting a competitive tech industry, open markets, and internet access and freedom  in Washington at a reception Thursday at Planet Word. CCIA was started by the CEOs of seven companies that built what later became known as software products for IBM mainframe computers.…

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CCIA Supports Congressional Efforts Toward Federal Privacy Legislation

Washington – Members of Congress released a draft bill Friday the “American Data Privacy and Protection Act” that aims for baseline federal privacy protections. The bipartisan deal between Senate Commerce Committee Ranking Member Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and House Energy & Commerce Committee Chair Frank Pallone, D-N.J., and Ranking Member Cathy McMorris Rogers, R-Wash., would set…

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CCIA Announces New Hires Including Former Deputy Assistant USTR Jonathan McHale

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association is pleased to welcome former Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Jonathan McHale as Vice President of Digital Trade for the not for profit international tech trade association. McHale will assist CCIA’s DC and Brussels offices on trade issues along with Senior Policy counsel Rachael Stelly and another…

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Supreme Court Pauses Texas Social Media Law Ahead Of Lower Court Reviewing Constitutional Concerns

Washington – The Supreme Court has issued an emergency ruling temporarily blocking HB 20, the Texas social media law, from being enforced while a lower court resolves a preliminary First Amendment challenge to the statute.  The Computer & Communications Industry Association and NetChoice jointly filed an emergency brief Friday, May 13, asking the U.S. Supreme…

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CCIA Responds To Manager’s Amendment To Controversial Antitrust Bill

Washington – Sen. Amy Klobuchar reintroduced a slightly revised version of her controversial S. 2992 bill that had come under criticism for a range of issues from increasing costs on popular digital services to requiring U.S. firms to share data with foreign companies. The manager’s amendment unfortunately contains most of the same provisions. During the…

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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 Files NTIA Comments On Competition in the Mobile App Ecosystem

Washington – As part of a Biden Administration executive order on promoting competition, the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is currently reviewing the state of competition in mobile apps. The Computer & Communications Industry Association filed comments in response to the NTIA consultation ahead of a report to the White House…

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Appeals Court Affirms Unconstitutionality of Key Provisions Of Florida’s Social Media Law

Washington – A panel of federal judges for the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a decision on Florida’s “social media censorship” law that a Florida federal judge ruled unconstitutional last year. The court ruled unanimously in a 3-0 decision today upholding key First Amendment principles. The Computer & Communications Industry Association, along with…

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New Economic Impact Analysis Reveals Cost of Proposed Tech Regulations Would Total up to $109 Billion for Public Sector Workers; $1.02 Trillion for U.S. Investors

Washington – A new economic impact analysis by the Computer & Communications Industry Association reveals that proposed regulations in antitrust bills like S. 2992 and H.R. 3816 would come at a major cost for U.S. investors and pension plan members such as teachers, firefighters, and nurses. Troubling findings show that by the late 2030s, increased…

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CCIA, NetChoice File Supreme Court Reply Brief On First Amendment Issues In Texas Social Media Case

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association jointly filed a reply brief to the U.S. Supreme Court today with NetChoice asking the Court to halt enforcement of the Texas social media law HB 20 on First Amendment grounds. The brief states that most arguments Texas Attorney General Paxton makes can be discussed when the…

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Ad Tech Bill Would Alter Law, Digital Advertising Business For Some Companies, Setting Dangerous Precedent For Antitrust Regulation

Washington – A newly introduced bill in the Senate would bar companies that process $20 billion in digital ad transactions from participating in the digital ad ecosystem. The bill introduced by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, is among the more aggressive and narrowly tailored among various bills aimed at the tech industry. The bill gerrymanders regulations…

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CCIA Welcomes Support From Diverse Group of 38 Organizations and Experts in Continued Effort to Halt Unconstitutional Texas Social Media Law

Washington – Just five days after the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) and NetChoice filed an emergency brief asking the Supreme Court to act immediately against an unconstitutional Texas social media law, a diverse group of 38 organizations and individuals filed a series of “friend of the court” briefs in support of the associations’…

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CCIA Provides Remarks in Support of Maintaining Flexible, Adaptable Merger Guidelines at FTC-DOJ Listening Forum

Washington – As part of a broader series on the impact of mergers and acquisitions, the Federal Trade Commision (FTC) and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) last week hosted a public listening forum on merger control with a focus on the technology industry. After submitting comments to the FTC and DOJ’s…

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CCIA Encouraged By Second Meeting of EU-U.S. Trade & Technology Council

Brussels, BELGIUM — EU and U.S. diplomats met in Paris on May 15-16 for the second meeting of the EU-U.S. Trade & Technology Council. Leadership discussed ongoing strategies for strengthening the transatlantic partnership and to address global trade challenges, with a particular focus on transatlantic response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The two sides…

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CCIA Files Emergency Brief Asking Supreme Court To Halt Texas Social Media Law

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association jointly filed an emergency brief Friday asking the U.S. Supreme Court for immediate action to prevent an unconstitutional Texas social media law from going into effect. The joint filing, submitted with co-plaintiff NetChoice, asks the Court to reinstate a lower court’s decision blocking enforcement of the Texas…

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CCIA Welcomes Commerce Department Guidance On State Broadband Expansion

Washington – The Department of Commerce has moved forward with rules to help states to expand broadband infrastructure deployment. Sec. Raimondo traveled to North Carolina to announce the guidelines issued today. This will enable states to tap into the $45 billion in broadband expansion grants that were allocated as part of the infrastructure plan that…

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Federal Appeals Court Issues Order Allowing Texas’s Social Media Law To Take Effect While Still Under Appeal

Washington — Today a split 2-1 panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit lifted an injunction of Texas HB 20, a law that seeks to compel social media companies and other digital services to disseminate dangerous speech. U.S. District Court Judge Robert Pitman blocked the law from taking effect on Dec.…

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CCIA Statement on G7 Digital Economy Ministerial, Industry Recommendations

Washington — This week the G7 Digital Economy Ministers met under the G7 Germany presidency to discuss issues associated with the digital transformation in light of Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine. G7 Digital Ministers’ also discussed shared priorities for the future of digitalization and governance frameworks for the development and application of new technologies. …

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The European Commission proposes new rules to prevent and combat child sexual abuse material

Brussels, BELGIUM – The European Commission proposed new rules to prevent and combat child sexual abuse material (CSAM) today. The European Parliament and the Member States will now each assess and amend the European Commission’s proposal. The proposed Regulation creates new industry obligations concerning the detection, reporting, removal and blocking of known and new CSAM.…

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New EU Distribution Rules Will Allow Discrimination Against Online Commerce

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission published the revised Vertical Block Exemption Regulation and associated Guidelines (VBER) today. This update sets the terms of trading between suppliers and their retailers or distributors for the next decade, both offline and online. The VBER is set to replace the current rules on 1 June 2022. The Computer…

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CCIA Statement on the Enactment of Privacy Protections for Connecticut Residents

Washington – Connecticut has become the fifth U.S. state to enact comprehensive consumer data privacy legislation. The law will take effect July 1, 2023.  The Computer & Communications Industry Association supports the enactment of comprehensive privacy legislation at the federal level. However, in the absence of a federal privacy framework, we welcome lawmakers’ efforts to…

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Foreign Subsidies: CCIA Offers Recommendations Ahead of Final Negotiations

Brussels, BELGIUM — Today, EU Member States and the European Parliament agreed their respective positions on the EU foreign subsidies proposal, clearing the way for negotiations on adopting the final legislation. The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA Europe) acknowledges the swift progress on this complex file and offers recommendations to the EU institutions to…

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CCIA, 37 Other Companies, Organizations Ask Congressional Conferees To Protect U.S. Consumers, Companies Rather Than Foreign Luxury Brands

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), along with 37 civil society groups, trade associations and companies, sent a letter Tuesday to House and Senate leaders and House and Senate conferees on the United States Innovation and Competition Act (USICA) and the America Creating Opportunities for Manufacturing, Pre-Eminence in Technology, and Economic Strength…

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EU Telcos’ Demand for Network Traffic Payments is Fundamentally Flawed

Brussels, BELGIUM — A study launched today by the lobby group for European telecom operators tries to revive a decade-old pipe dream to make online services pay for internet traffic, something their own customers already pay hefty subscription fees for. The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA Europe) stresses that ETNO’s renewed attempts to make…

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Federal Appeals Court To Hear Oral Arguments On Florida Social Media Law

Montgomery, Ala. – A panel of federal judges for the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral argument today on a “social media censorship” law that a Florida federal judge ruled unconstitutional last year. The Computer & Communications Industry Association, along with fellow trade association NetChoice, challenged the law last May after it was…

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Groups Call on Congress to Address Concerns over Economic Harms of Proposed Antitrust Bills

Washington – A dozen organizations have penned a joint letter to lawmakers Wednesday to express concerns over the economic harms that proposed antitrust legislation will have on American consumers and businesses of all sizes. The broad, diverse, and bipartisan array of signatories includes the Council and the Computer & Communications Industry Association, TechNet, the Small…

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CCIA Calls on Congressional Leaders to Address Provisional Tax Barriers to Broadband Deployment in Build Back Better Act

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Committee on Finance Chair Ron Wyden, and House Ways and Means Committee Chair Richard Neal to express concerns about tax provisions in H.R. 5376, the Build Back Better Act, which would endanger the…

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CCIA Welcomes EU Parliament Vote on Foreign Subsidies Tool, Urges Action to Avoid Excessive Burden on Businesses

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA Europe) welcomes last night’s vote of the European Parliament Committee on International Trade (INTA) on the EU foreign subsidies proposal, but says unresolved issues must be addressed in the final negotiations with the European Commission and Member States. Following the INTA vote on this legislative…

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Artificial Intelligence: CCIA Welcomes European Parliament Progress on EU AI Act, Urges Further Improvements

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Parliament’s committees on the Internal Market (IMCO) and Civil Liberties (LIBE) have unveiled their joint draft report on the proposed Artificial Intelligence (AI) Act, the first of its kind in the world. Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) Brando Benifei and Dragoş Tudorache, the co-rapporteurs on the AI Act, worked…

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CCIA Files Joint Amicus Brief Asking Court To Re-Hear Standard Essential Patents Case

Washington – The Computer and Communications Industry Association was joined by The App Association, High Tech Alliance, and the Public Interest Patent Law Institute in filing a joint amici brief Wednesday evening with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit requesting that the Panel re-hear a case involving standard essential patents (SEPs) en…

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CCIA Offers Comments in Response to the FTC and DOJ’s Request for Information on Merger Enforcement

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association told the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice that the current merger guidelines provide clear practical guidance on when a transaction is likely to raise competition concerns, and that creating sector specific rules would lead to more confusion for companies and courts. The comments filed today…

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Governor DeSantis Calls Special Session To Retract Disney Carveout In Unconstitutional Florida Social Media Law

Washington – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has called a special legislative session to ask lawmakers to amend a “social media censorship” law that a Florida judge ruled unconstitutional. The ruling came last year and the case is now on appeal at the Eleventh Circuit, which will hear oral argument next week. The law would force…

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CCIA Offers Recommendations for U.S. Policymakers on Indo-Pacific Economic Framework

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association filed comments with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and also filed comments with the U.S. Department of Commerce offering recommendations on priorities for the upcoming Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF). Earlier this year, the Biden Administration released details on its plans to pursue a comprehensive Indo-Pacific…

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CCIA Files Brief In Support Of Digital Services’ First Amendment Rights

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association joined NetChoice, Chamber of Progress, and TechNet in filing a joint amicus brief Monday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit urging the full court to rehear a case brought by Twitter against Texas Attorney General Paxton.  The brief comes in response to Paxton’s…

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13 Associations Call on Lawmakers to Ensure New EU Product Safety Rules will Benefit Consumers, SMEs and Businesses

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA Europe) and 12 other leading trade associations representing startups, SMEs, technology, and e-commerce companies of different sizes today sent a joint letter to EU lawmakers on the General Product Safety Regulation (GPSR). The letter urges Members of the European Parliament, the Council, and the European…

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CCIA Statement Following Senate Confirmation Of New USPTO Leader

Washington – The Senate voted Monday evening to confirm Kathi Vidal to lead the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Vidal is an experienced patent attorney who led the Silicon Valley office of Winston & Strawn. The Computer & Communications Industry Association has advocated for tech policy that advances innovation, including high quality patents, for 50…

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ICYMI: Experts Discuss Finding the Right Balance in Competition Enforcement and Start-up Acquisitions

Washington – FTC Commissioner Noah Phillips gave the keynote address at the Computer & Communications Industry Association’s annual panel on digital competition issues Tuesday ahead of  the American Bar Association (ABA) Antitrust Spring Meeting. Phillips told those at the lunch panel the two biggest antitrust changes he expects under the Biden administration FTC will be…

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CCIA Files Brief As Texas Appeals Decision That Blocked Enforcement Of Its Unconstitutional Content Moderation Law

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) and NetChoice have filed a brief Friday before the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in a case involving a social media law in Texas. The Fifth Circuit federal court is expected to hear oral arguments in New Orleans on May 9 on the state’s…

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USTR Releases Annual Report Documenting Rising Barriers to Digital Trade

Washington — The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative released its annual National Trade Estimate (NTE) report that plays a valuable role in identifying and addressing barriers for internet services and internet-enabled businesses. For the 2022 Report, USTR detailed a number of foreign regulations including digital authoritarianism measures, regulations pursued under the guise of “digital…

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House E&C To Question FCC About Internet Access, Spectrum At Oversight Hearing

Washington – Four FCC commissioners will testify Thursday before the House Energy and Commerce communications subcommittee’s planned oversight hearing. Though President Biden nominated Gigi Sohn in October 2021 to be the fifth commissioner to the panel, the Senate has yet to vote. The Commission faces a slate of issues when they have a full team…

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CCIA Encourages Biden Administration to be Ambitious with Trade Agenda and Address Discriminatory Practices of Trading Partners

Washington — The U.S. House Ways & Means Committee and the U.S. Senate Finance Committee are scheduled to hold hearings this week with U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai on the 2022 Biden Trade Agenda. CCIA looks forward to hearing how the Administration’s worker-centered trade agenda can help foster economic growth for all, including how trade…

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CCIA, 31 Other Organizations, Scholars Ask Congress To Oppose Controversial Copyright Proposal, Tech Mandates

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association, along with 31 other civil society groups, academics, associations, and companies sent a letter expressing their concerns about legislation that would put the government in charge of creating technical standards and undermine the balance in current law that protects both copyright and innovation, known as the Digital…

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CCIA Statement on Political Agreement on the EU Digital Markets Act

Brussels, BELGIUM — European Union leaders have reached a political agreement on the Digital Markets Act (DMA) proposal. The compromise between the European Parliament, the Commission, and the Council of Ministers paves the way for formal adoption of the regulation, which is expected to come into force this October.  The Computer & Communications Industry Association…

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CCIA Applauds EU-US Agreement on Transatlantic Data Flows

Brussels, BELGIUM — U.S. President Biden and European Commission President von der Leyen announced today “an agreement in principle on a new framework for transatlantic data flows.” Thousands of large and small businesses have faced legal uncertainty for their routine transfers of commercial data between the EU and U.S. after the EU Court of Justice…

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CCIA Statement on the Enactment of the Utah Consumer Privacy Act

Washington –  Governor Spencer Cox has signed the Utah Consumer Privacy Act into law, making Utah the fourth U.S. state to enact comprehensive consumer data privacy legislation. The law will take effect December 31, 2023.  While the Computer & Communications Industry Association supports the enactment of comprehensive privacy legislation at the federal level, in its…

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CCIA Welcomes Launch of U.S-UK Trade Dialogues

Washington – U.S. and UK officials met in Baltimore this week for the launch of  U.S.- UK Dialogues on the Future of Atlantic Trade. The Computer & Communications Industry Association welcomes these dialogues and renewed conversations on strengthening the U.S.-UK trade relationship.  According to U.S. officials, these talks seek to identify areas where parties can…

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Economic Study Finds Congressional Antitrust Bills to Cost Consumers, Business Users $319 Billion

Washington — A comprehensive economic study by National Economic Research Associates (NERA) finds that proposed antitrust legislation in Congress could cost the economy $319 billion. The result would be increased costs and loss of services for consumers, small businesses and other users of the bills’ target companies — Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft and Amazon.  The…

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CCIA’s Statement As Progressive Democrats Release Broader Anti-Merger Legislation

Washington – Several Democrats have introduced legislation today that would preemptively block many mergers and acquisitions, in particular in the tech industry. According to news reports, the Prohibiting Anticompetitive Mergers Act would completely overhaul the review process of mergers and acquisitions by the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission.  The proposal would allow the…

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CCIA Publishes Position Paper on EU Proposal on Political Advertising

The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA Europe) has published its position paper on the European Commission’s proposal on transparency and targeting of political advertising (TTPA). Among others we encourage legislators to: clarify the definition of political advertising and political actors; recognise advertisers role and assign responsibilities accordingly and; clarify data access obligations. The Council…

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16 Associations Call For a “fair, workable and effective” Digital Services Act

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association has joined 15 trade associations in urging legislators to achieve “a fair, workable and effective compromise on the DSA that will secure a vibrant and innovative digital economy for Europe for decades to come.” The letter to the French Council Presidency, MEPs and European Commission invite…

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Georgia’s Senate Passes Content Moderation Bill Similar To Those Courts Have Found Unconstitutional

Washington – States including Alaska, Ohio, and Tennessee are proceeding with proposals that would block digital services from enforcing user agreements online. Today Georgia’s Senate passed a content moderation bill that would prevent digital services from moderating harmful content to protect their users.  CCIA had filed comments asking the Georgia Senate to reject the measure…

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CCIA, 37 Other Companies, Organizations Ask Congress To Protect U.S. Consumers, Companies Rather Than Foreign Luxury Brands

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association, along with 37 civil society groups, trade associations and companies, sent a letter to House and Senate leaders Tuesday on their opposition to a bill that would benefit foreign luxury brands, but harm smaller U.S. companies and consumers – the Stopping Harmful Offers on Platforms by Screening…

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CCIA Statement in Support of Doreen Bogdan-Martin’s Candidacy for ITU Secretary-General

The following can be attributed to Computer & Communications Industry Association President Matt Schruers:  “CCIA supports the candidacy of Doreen Bogdan-Martin for the position of Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The ITU will be well served by her leadership and years of experience working for better access to telecommunications as digital services become…

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CCIA Announces New Hires, Staff Promotions

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association is pleased to announce several new hires and promotions.  The association has hired Stephanie Joyce as Chief of Staff and Senior Vice President, and Krisztian Katona, as Vice President of Global Competition and Regulatory Policy. Stephanie joins CCIA after more than 20 years in private practice where…

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CCIA Statement On Russian Invasion Of Ukraine

The following can be attributed to Computer & Communications Industry Association President Matt Schruers: “CCIA condemns the Russian government’s unprovoked invasion of the sovereign nation of Ukraine and joins with leaders worldwide in demanding Russia cease its aggression immediately. These violent actions are a threat to democracy and the rule of law, and CCIA fully…

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The EU Data Act is well-intended but in need of improvements

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission published a new Data Act proposal today, a new flagship legislation to help “make the EU a leader in a data-driven society”. The European Parliament and Member States will now review and amend the proposal.   The new EU regulation introduces several new rules instructing companies when and how they…

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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…

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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,…

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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)…

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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…

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CCIA Offers Statement To Senate Judiciary Ahead Of News Media Antitrust Hearing

Washington – The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on whether some news media outlets should be exempt from antitrust rules. The Computer & Communications Industry Association agrees on the importance of a thriving news media in a democracy. CCIA filed a statement for the record ahead of the hearing, cautioning the committee on…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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CCIA hosts event on EU Foreign Subsidies Proposal

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA Europe) today hosted a webinar looking at the potential impact on the European economy of the proposed EU Regulation on foreign subsidies today. Speakers were: Christophe Hansen, Member of the European Parliament and Rapporteur of the proposal Alexandre Bertuzzi, Case Handler Officer, DG Competition, European…

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CCIA Welcomes House’s America COMPETES Act, Expresses Concern About Combining It With More Controversial, Harmful Measures

Washington – While CCIA applauds the America COMPETES Act for ensuring that the U.S. tech sector can compete with China by investing in AI, quantum computing, and other emerging technology, the proposal includes concerning language regarding unrelated matters like trademark-infringing goods. The proposal’s attempts to address counterfeits create an untested new IP liability scheme for…

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Senate Judiciary Committee Passes Flawed Bill That Would Harm Consumers, Economy, Security

Washington – The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved legislation that would affect low-cost and free-to-the-user digital services offered by a handful of digital companies. The new regulations carve out most tech competitors – including overseas rivals positioning themselves to fill a void created by overregulation. The Computer & Communications Industry Association, an international not for…

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CCIA Statement on European Parliament Plenary Vote on the Digital Services Act

Brussels, BELGIUM – The European Parliament today voted to adopt its position on the Digital Services Act (DSA). Last-minute amendments include limitations to personalised advertising and a new, broad obligation on all types of intermediaries to verify their business users. There has been no EU assessment on how these potential new requirements will impact the…

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Senate Committee Offers Managers’ Amendment, Presses On With Legislation That Harms Popular Tech Services, Increases Security Risks

Washington – Senate Judiciary Committee leaders have offered a managers’ amendment for a tech regulation bill the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to mark up Thursday. The legislation that would affect low-cost and free-to-the-user digital services offered by a handful of tech companies with new regulations that carve out most tech competitors – including foreign…

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CCIA Opposes Inclusion of SHOP SAFE in USICA

CCIA has concerns with the potential inclusion of H.R. 5374, the Stopping Harmful Offers on Platforms by Screening Against Fakes in E-Commerce (“SHOP SAFE”) Act, in the United States Innovation and Competition Act (“USICA”).  USICA (formerly known as the Endless Frontier Act) is critically important legislation that will aid the U.S. technology sector well into…

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CCIA Response To Senate Judiciary Committee’s Announced Markup of Bill Aimed At Handful of Companies

Washington —  The Senate Judiciary Committee has noticed a markup of S. 2992, the American Innovation and Choice Online Act, aimed at regulating a specific group of American digital service providers. The proposed regulation represents a shift from the market-oriented principles that have characterized U.S. economic policy. It would have a severe impact on U.S.…

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CCIA Europe Releases Position Paper With Artificial Intelligence Policy Recommendations

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association has released a position paper with recommendations on Artificial Intelligence regulations so that Europe can capture the benefits of innovation without risking public trust. The paper includes feedback on the European Commission’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) framework and what clarifications would be useful to ensure companies better…

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CCIA Warns EU Foreign Subsidies Plan Could Deter Investment Needed for Economic Recovery

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA Europe) backs the European Commission’s crackdown on distortive foreign subsidies but fears that the proposal, as it stands, could inadvertently discourage third-country organisations from providing the investment required to help fund Europe’s post-pandemic recovery. In its position paper on the EU Regulation on foreign subsidies,…

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CCIA Responds to EU consultation on Civil liability and AI

Today, the Computer & Communications Industry Association submitted its comments to the European Commission’s public consultation “Civil liability – adapting liability rules to the digital age and artificial intelligence”. CCIA Europe acknowledges the Commission’s concerns that certain elements of emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) could pose new challenges to the application of liability rules.…

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CCIA Statement on Canada Moving Forward on Digital Services Tax

Washington — Canada announced this week that it will take steps to implement a digital services tax, as announced by Department of Finance Canada. The Canada tax closely mirrors other unilateral measures pursued by European countries in recent years, which have been subject to trade investigations that found the taxes discriminatory against U.S. tech companies…

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CCIA Encourages Trilogue Negotiations to Focus on Making the Digital Markets Act Workable

Brussels, BELGIUM — Today the European Parliament adopted its negotiating position on the Digital Markets Act (DMA), largely adopting the amendments approved by the committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection, which is leading in the proposal. With the Council of Ministers of the European Union having recently agreed on their ‘general approach’, this milestone…

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CCIA’s Response To European Parliament Vote on the Digital Services Act

Brussels, BELGIUM – The European Parliament’s Internal Market Committee (IMCO) adopted its position on the Digital Services Act (DSA) today. This paves the way for a plenary vote in mid-January and final negotiations on the proposal in 2022. The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA Europe) welcomes the achievement of today’s major milestone and expresses…

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Brussels Proposes EU Rules for Platform Workers

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission presented a legislative proposal today that aims to improve the working conditions of platform workers. The Commission proposed new rules determining platform workers’ employment status; promoting transparency, fairness and accountability in algorithmic management; and improving transparency in platform work, including in cross-border situations. Based on the new rules, a…

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CCIA Statement on US, EU Officials Launching Competition Policy Dialogue

Washington — A day after U.S. and EU competition officials met to launch the EU-U.S. Joint Technology Competition Policy Dialogue, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo criticized two new European initiatives that Raimondo said unfairly target U.S. companies. Raimondo told those gathered for a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event the U.S. had “serious concerns” that Europe’s…

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CCIA Joins 10 Associations In Canadian Digital Tax Letter

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association joined 10 trade associations in a letter to U.S. officials  expressing concern with Canada’s planned  digital services tax aimed at U.S. companies. The letter notes that Canada’s tax appears inconsistent with Canada’s participation in the OECD/G20 Two-Pilar Solution and its trade obligations with the United States. CCIA…

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CCIA Welcomes the Council’s General Approach on the Digital Services Act, Cautions More Work Needed on the Digital Markets Act

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association welcomes the general approach reached today by the EU Ministers on the digital services act (DSA), but cautions that more work is needed on the general approach agreed on the Digital Markets Act (DMA). Trilogue negotiations will start shortly thereafter for both the DMA and the…

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CCIA Welcomes EU Objective to Increase Transparency in Political Advertising

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission presented a legislative proposal today that seeks to harmonise the rules on transparency to political advertising. It also aims to modernise the framework, making the rules fit for the digital age. The Computer & Communications Industry Association welcomes the European Commission’s overall objectives. The proposal emphasizes that EU citizens…

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CCIA Cautions Risk of Unintended Consequences from European Parliament Amendments to the Digital Markets Act

Brussels, BELGIUM — Today the European Parliament’s Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection voted on its amendments to the Digital Markets Act (DMA) proposal. The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA Europe) appreciates MEPs’ hard work. However, we caution that some of the amendments go far beyond the existing evidence base for intervention,…

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Tech Industry Groups Urge Improving Adjustment Mechanisms to Ensure an Effective and Proportionate Digital Markets Act

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA Europe) and several other leading technology trade associations representing startups, SMEs, app developers, platform operators and other technology industry players today sent a joint letter to Members of the European Council on the Digital Markets Act (DMA). The letter urges lawmakers to strengthen and improve…

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Study Offers Reasons Why Government Technology and Procurement Practices Needs to Change

Washington — A study by market research firm Omdia released Monday explores reasons why most government departments rely on just one vendor for productivity software and why IT departments are choosing to select ease of management and end user familiarity with the tools at the expense of developing a best of breed approach that would…

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16 leading trade associations call on MEPs to ensure the DSA remains a workable, balanced and future proof

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA Europe) and 15 other leading trade associations representing startups, SMEs, technology, advertising, and media organisations today sent a joint letter to Members of the European Parliament on the Digital Services Act (DSA). The letter urges lawmakers to deliver on the promise to strengthen and protect…

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CCIA Files Brief As Florida Appeals Decision That Blocked Its Unconstitutional Content Moderation Law

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association and NetChoice have co-filed a brief  in the appeal of Florida’s content moderation legislation which a judge enjoined as unconstitutional. The brief argues that the court correctly found the law infringes on freedom of speech rights granted by the First Amendment, and appears to target some platforms…

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New Study Finds House, Senate Bills Would Have Blocked A Fifth Of Acquisitions

Washington — An economic analysis of the merger and acquisition restrictions in House and Senate legislation finds the provisions would have blocked a significant source of spending on tech startups and resulted in more of them failing. The study, “Irreplaceable Acquisitions: Proposed Platform Regulation and Venture Capital,”  looks at sources of spending on acquisitions of…

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CCIA Identifies Tech Industry, Internet Trade Barriers For USTR

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association offered examples to the U.S. Trade Representative as it prepares its annual report on trade barriers affecting U.S. exporters. The National Trade Estimates (NTE) report, to be released in 2022, provides a  country-by-country overview of trade barriers U.S. companies currently face.  CCIA’s 2021 filing includes restrictions on…

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CCIA Welcomes Nominees To Fill Out FCC, NTIA and PTO

Washington — President Biden has nominated people to key positions to oversee the U.S. tech industry today including at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC).   The White House has nominated Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel as the Commission’s permanent Chair, and Gigi Sohn, a…

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CCIA Joins Internet Association, DiMA, and INCOMPAS in Filing to the FCC Opposing Wi-Fi Tax

Washington — Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association submitted comments to the FCC along with the Internet Association, Digital Media Association, and INCOMPAS, opposing a proposal to charge regulatory fees to users of unlicensed spectrum, which would effectively result in a Wi-Fi tax. The Associations’ comment highlighted that this proposal would be unworkable…

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CCIA Response To U.S., European Agreement On The Withdrawal of Digital Taxes

Washington — The U.S. Department of Treasury has released a Joint Statement from the United States, Austria, France, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom regarding a compromise on digital services taxes (DSTs) in light of the October 8 OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework announcement. Under the agreement, the countries will work together to roll back digital taxes…

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Economic Study Estimates Cost of Online Platform and Marketplace Regulation at $300 Billion

Washington — A study by economists at NERA Economic Consulting estimates that U.S. House and Senate legislative proposals subjecting online platforms and marketplaces to common carrier, structural separation, and line of business restrictions would cost the economy approximately $300 billion. The study also finds that the proposals would impact at least 13 additional American companies…

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Senate Introduces Bill To Change Antitrust Rules For Select Companies

Washington — Senate Judiciary Chairwoman Amy Klobuchar has introduced major legislation that would change the rules governing antitrust regulation for the first time in more than 50 years.  The Senate proposal, like the House companion, would make sectoral changes to enforcement in the technology industry and targets specific U.S. technology companies.  The Computer & Communications…

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CCIA Statement Ahead Of Reported Senate Antitrust Legislation

Washington — According to various news reports, members of the Senate are poised to introduce legislation that would dramatically change antitrust rules for just a few U.S. companies. The House Judiciary Committee had previously passed legislation that would limit mergers and acquisitions for several companies and also require them to share data with competitors and…

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CCIA Statement As G20 Finance Ministers Endorse Agreement on Global Tax Reform

Washington — G20 Finance Ministers met in Washington DC today and endorsed the new global tax agreement reached by negotiators at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development meeting last week. G20 ministers had tasked the OECD to undertake this broader tax reform initiative initially and today’s endorsement is therefore an important milestone. More than…

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CCIA Welcomes Historic Global Tax Reform Agreement

Brussels, BELGIUM – At a Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) meeting Friday more than 130 countries reached consensus on an historic global tax reform agreement for the 21st Century. The agreement, which comes after years of negotiations, includes a minimum corporate tax rate with the largest corporations additionally paying taxes in all jurisdictions…

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CCIA Statement Ahead Of Expected Agreement On Historic Global Tax Reform Friday

Brussels, BELGIUM – Negotiators from over 130 countries are expected to work out the blueprint on global tax reform through the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Friday. The breakthrough comes after years of work to update the international tax system to the 21st Century.  The agreement includes a minimum corporate tax rate with…

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CCIA, NetChoice Request Preliminary Injunction Against Unconstitutional Texas Social Media Law

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association and NetChoice have co-filed a motion for a preliminary injunction against Texas’s new law allowing people to sue social media companies for performing content moderation on anything from anti-American propaganda to fraud on their sites. The injunction is expected to keep the law from taking effect December 2nd while…

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CCIA Encouraged By First Meeting of EU-U.S. Trade & Technology Council

Washington —  E.U. and US diplomats met Wednesday for the first Trade & Technology Council meeting in Pittsburgh. The meeting sought to rebuild the transatlantic partnership and to address global trade challenges. The two sides released a joint statement announcing principles and cooperation areas on issues including investment screening, export controls, and AI. The statement…

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CCIA Applauds Introduction of Leahy-Cornyn Bill to Restore the America Invents Act

Washington – U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and John Cornyn (R-TX) have introduced the Restoring the America Invents Act, a bill which would update the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) and the inter partes review (IPR) procedure the PTAB administers. The bill would eliminate the Fintiv discretionary denial process created by former Director Iancu,…

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Senate Commerce Hearing On Privacy; CCIA Welcomes Push To Fund FTC, Pass Privacy Legislation

Washington — The Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing today on consumer privacy with Chairwoman Maria Cantwell focusing on the need to pass baseline federal privacy and to ensure the FTC has adequate resources to address privacy. Ahead of the hearing, the Computer & Communications Industry Association sent a letter to committee leaders expressing appreciation…

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CCIA Offers Recommendations Ahead of the First Meetings of EU-U.S. Trade & Technology Council

Washington —  The first meeting of the Trade & Technology Council remains, despite recent rumblings, scheduled to take place next week in Pittsburgh.  At the conclusion of the EU-U.S. Summit in June, parties announced a recommitment to the transatlantic partnership to address global trade challenges, and the creation of a high-level EU-US Trade and Technology…

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CCIA, NetChoice File Lawsuit Against Unconstitutional Texas Social Media Law

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association has co-filed a lawsuit with NetChoice against an unconstitutional law in Texas that would discourage any companies that allow user-generated content from enforcing policies against dangerous content online. The Texas social media legislation sets a dangerous precedent by prohibiting “censoring” based on “viewpoint.”  This would compel private…

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CCIA Applauds Introduction of Bi-Partisan Bills To Increase Diversity And Transparency In The Patent System

Washington – U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the Ranking Member and Chair of the Senate Intellectual Property Subcommittee, and Thom Tillis (R-NC) have introduced two bipartisan bills that promote transparency and diversity in the U.S. patent system.  One bill would require recording at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office who owns a patent within 90…

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New Study Shows Microsoft Holds 85% Market Share in U.S. Public Sector Productivity Software

Washington — A new study conducted by Omdia has found Microsoft’s share in the U.S. government office productivity software market to be approximately 85 percent, more than seven times the share of the next largest competitor. The research report outlines a number of consequences to the U.S. government’s overreliance on a single vendor, including higher…

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CCIA Whitepaper Identifies National Security Risks Posed By House Bills Targeting U.S. Tech Companies

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association has released a white paper on the national security implications of several House-passed bills aimed at a handful of U.S. tech companies as they compete with foreign companies. These bills were introduced in June 2021 and were marked up without legislative hearings or input from stakeholders, particularly…

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Texas Governor Signs Unconstitutional Social Media Law Making It Easier To Sue Companies For Protecting Users Online

Washington — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed an unconstitutional bill that seeks to punish social media companies for following policies that protect internet users from dangerous content online. The legislation, which undermines First Amendment rights, would encourage lawsuits when content from anyone from those engaged in online scams to nefarious foreign actors is removed.…

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CCIA’s Response To European Commission Consultation On Upcoming Data Act

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association has filed comments on the upcoming EU Data Act ahead of the Friday consultation deadline. The European Commission asked for comments on the new rules to govern how companies should be able to access, process, and share data with other companies and governments. CCIA shares the…

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Texas Legislators Approve Bill Making It Easier To Sue Companies For Policies Protecting Users Online

Washington — In a special session today, the Texas House passed a bill that would require companies to follow new guidance for enforcing content moderation policies.  Passage of the law comes after a federal judge ruled in favor of CCIA’s challenge to a similar Florida law, blocking it temporarily and noting the Florida law likely…

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CCIA Files Brief Asking Court To Uphold Law On What Is Uncopyrightable

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association has filed an amicus brief today in the Federal Circuit supporting World Programming Limited (WPL) in a software copyright case brought by SAS Institute. WPL offers software that runs programs written by users in the SAS Language, ensuring that users are not locked into the SAS platform.…

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CCIA Requests Hearing on Senate Antitrust Venue Bill Ahead of Markup

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association sent a letter today asking the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing on S. 1787, State Antitrust Enforcement Venue Act of 2021. Antitrust litigation often involves multiple states which, absent the possibility to centralize under one venue, would risk having balkanized antitrust judgments with multiple and…

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CCIA Applauds Bipartisan Infrastructure Package

Washington — The White House announced that the bipartisan group of Senators working on an infrastructure package had reached an agreement Wednesday. The bipartisan infrastructure package includes $65 billion to expand broadband access to Americans. The Computer & Communications Industry Association has supported increasing funding for the deployment of reliable broadband to decrease the digital…

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CCIA Submits Comments To USITC As It Investigates Trade Barriers From Foreign Censorship

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) offered details in a filing to the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on trade barriers U.S. Internet and technology services face due to foreign censorship practices. The ITC is currently investigating the effects of foreign censorship on U.S. businesses, and solicited comments from stakeholders by Thursday…

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EU Court Opinion Sets Limits to Use of Upload Filters in New EU Copyright Rules

Brussels, BELGIUM  — The EU top court’s Advocate General, Henrik Saugmandsgaard Øe, today provided his opinion on the Polish government’s request to annul the controversial Article 17 in the new EU Copyright rules. Poland requested that the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) annul Article 17 due to infringement of the right to freedom…

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Transatlantic industry groups urge swift agreement on EU-US commercial data flows

Brussels, BELGIUM — Ahead of the first anniversary of the invalidation of the Privacy Shield on Friday, more than 20 EU and U.S. associations today sent a letter urging EU Commissioner Reynders and U.S. Secretary Raimondo to swiftly ensure an agreement for secure transatlantic data flows. Thousands of EU and U.S. companies continue to be…

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G20 Finance Ministers Endorse International Tax Reform Agreement

Brussels, BELGIUM — Finance ministers from G20 nations have endorsed a global tax reform agreement in a communiqué that concludes their two day meeting in Italy. Final details, including a detailed implementation plan, are expected to be adopted at a G20 leaders’ summit in October. Last week, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)…

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New EU Distribution Rules Allow Discrimination Against Online Commerce

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission has published its draft revisions to distribution rules known as the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation and the Vertical Guidelines (“VBER”). The VBER covers so-called vertical agreements between suppliers and their retailers or distributors. The updated rules replace the current rules on June 1, 2022. Digital distribution models have been…

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Industry Groups Urge Protection of Fundamental Principles and Rights in the Digital Services Act

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) today joined other industry organizations in a joint statement asking EU Member States to respect the fundamental principles of the e-Commerce Directive during the negotiations of the Digital Services Act (DSA)  The signatories support an ambitious DSA and its objectives to protect consumers and their…

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CCIA Statement on the Enactment of the Colorado Privacy Act

Washington – Governor Jared Polis has signed the Colorado Privacy Act into law, making Colorado the third U.S. state to enact comprehensive consumer privacy legislation. New rules are set to take effect July 1, 2023. The Computer & Communications Industry Association welcomes Colorado lawmakers’ successful efforts to enact new rights and protections for consumer privacy.…

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Former President Tests Federal Law, First Amendment With New Lawsuits

Washington — As Washington marks the six month anniversary of the attack on the Capitol, former President Trump announced he has filed lawsuits against companies who blocked him for violating policies against inciting violence. Today Trump announced class action lawsuits against Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and several company CEOs. The legal merits of such a lawsuit…

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CCIA, INCOMPAS File FCC Comments On 12GHz for 5G

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association and INCOMPAS filed FCC comments today highlighting data that shows opening this mid-band spectrum would accelerate mobile market competition, bolster the economy and strengthen America’s 5G edge. CCIA has advocated for high speed, affordable internet access for more than 25 years. The following can be attributed to…

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CCIA Comments On FTC Vote To Expand Its Scope, Mission

Washington — The FTC held its first open meeting under Chairwoman Lina Khan’s leadership Thursday. The commissioners approved a dramatic change to the policy framework that guides the FTC’s enforcement decisions by rescinding the “Statement of Enforcement Principles Regarding ‘Unfair Methods of Competition’ Under Section 5 of the FTC Act.”  The Computer & Communications Industry…

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CCIA Statement on Global Agreement on Tax Reform, Urges Immediate Removal of Digital Services Taxes

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development announced the details of an international tax reform plan negotiated and endorsed by representatives from 130 countries, as part of the OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework. Parties expect to finalise an implementation plan and discuss technical details by October 2021. The Computer & Communications Industry Association has…

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CCIA Welcomes Review of EU Product Safety Rules

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission today published its General Product Safety Regulation proposal. This long-awaited initiative will update the existing Directive to respond to new challenges related to digital technologies and online sales, while ensuring coherence with other Commission initiatives, in particular with the proposal for a Digital Services Act and the newly proposed…

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CCIA Welcomes Slovenia’s EU Presidency, Presents Recommendations

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association is offering recommendations for Europe’s digitising economy as Slovenia takes over the Presidency of the Council of the EU on 1 July. CCIA suggestions cover a variety of EU proposals, ranging from the Digital Markets Act, to the Data Act, and international data flows. The following…

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CCIA Co-signs Industry Statement On the European Parliament DSA Report

Brussels, BELGIUM — Today CCIA signed on to a joint industry statement in reaction to the European Parliament’s draft report on the Digital Services Act (DSA). The statement outlines concerns with the approach taken by the Rapporteur as it “would dampen the ability of Europe’s tech sector to continue to grow and innovate – creating…

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House Judiciary To Markup Bills Directing Regulators To Alter Business Models Of Some Tech Companies

Washington – The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to markup several bills that would be a radical departure from the way the U.S. has regulated businesses. The so-called antitrust bills cover a broad range of issues and new rules that would apply to only a few tech companies but not other competitors, including some Chinese…

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CCIA Files Comments In Response To Canada’s Digital Services Tax

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association filed comments in response to Canada’s consultation regarding a digital services taxe proposed in its 2021 budget.  The DST would mirror other unilateral measures pursued by European countries in the past two years.   The United States Trade Representative has investigated these digital taxes in Europe and found…

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CCIA Analysis Of House Antitrust Bills, Impact On Tech, Economy

Washington — CCIA has advocated for a competitive tech industry for nearly 50 years, relying on antitrust laws that targeted bad behavior and promoted consumer welfare. Several antitrust bills introduced in the House this month would be the biggest departure from antitrust rules since 1890, dramatically altering rules that have given the U.S. its current…

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CCIA Submits Filing To FCC On Rural Broadband Funds, Auction

Washington — Washington — The Computer and Communications Industry Association submitted comments to the FCC asking it examine the results of its Phase I Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) auction to ensure that these funds, which are supposed to provide funding for areas currently unserved by broadband, are allocated for only eligible locations. The limited…

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CCIA Welcomes US-EU Summit Conclusions, New Trade and Technology Council

Brussels, BELGIUM — U.S. and EU leaders announced a recommitment to the transatlantic partnership to address global trade challenges, and the creation of a high-level EU-US Trade and Technology Council, at the conclusion of today’s EU-US Summit. Leaders also announced a resolution to the long running Boeing-Airbus trade dispute. The Computer & Communications Industry Association’s…

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EU Court Backs Data Protection Enforcement Consistency

Brussels, BELGIUM — The EU Court of Justice has ruled that data protection authorities, under limited circumstances, can go after companies that do not have the main establishment in their EU Member State. Consistent interpretation and enforcement of data protection rules ensure that organisations operating in several Member States cannot be judged twice for the…

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Tech Association Response To House Bills Aimed At Handful of Tech Companies

Washington —  Democratic House Representatives on the House Judiciary Committee have introduced a series of interventionist bills with the aim of regulating a selected group of American digital service providers. These proposed regulations represent a shift from the market-oriented principles that have characterized U.S. economic policy. They would have a severe impact on U.S. economic…

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CCIA Requests Hearings On House Antitrust Bills Ahead Of Markup

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association sent a letter to House Judiciary leaders today asking them to hold hearings on the various antitrust bills they are poised to introduce. U.S. competition policy has been one of the reasons the U.S. leads other nations in innovation as the rules here allow for vigorous competition…

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CCIA Statement On the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act Passing the Senate

Washington – The Senate has approved a bill aimed at keeping the United States’ competitive edge as a leader in technology and innovation. The U.S. Innovation and Competition Act would strengthen U.S. leadership in critical technologies, such as artificial intelligence, high performance computing, and advanced manufacturing, and the commercialization of those technologies to businesses in…

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CCIA Welcomes G7 Finance Ministers’ Support for Global Tax Deal

Washington, DC — G7 Finance Ministers today expressed strong support for reaching an agreement this year on global tax reforms through the OECD negotiations.  The G7 Communiqué also committed to a “removal of all Digital Services Taxes, and other relevant similar measures, on all companies.” The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative recently investigated and…

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CCIA, NetChoice File Motion To Block Unconstitutional Florida Content Moderation Law

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association has co-filed a motion for preliminary injunction with NetChoice, asking a Tallahassee federal district court to block an unconstitutional state law from taking effect next month. The motion follows the two plaintiffs’ lawsuit last week, which challenged the measure. The Florida law infringes on rights of freedom…

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CCIA Reacts To European Parliament’s Digital Markets Act and Digital Services Act Reports

Brussels, BELGIUM — Two Members of the European Parliament have published their draft reports on respectively the Digital Markets Act (DMA) and on the Digital Services Act (DSA) proposals. The European Commission originally presented its legislative proposals in December 2020, which will now be discussed and amended by the European Parliament and the Council of…

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CCIA Statement on USTR Announcement on Digital Tax Investigations

Washington — In response to digital taxes aimed at U.S. companies, the U.S. Trade Representative announced suspended tariffs on goods from six trading partners while broader international tax negotiations continue. USTR concluded in its Section 301 investigations into the digital taxes of Austria, India, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom that the taxes discriminated…

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CCIA Supports Efforts to Address Censorship Practices, Digital Trade Barriers in China Legislation

Washington, DC — The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) supports efforts by Senator Wyden and others to include language in the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act to address foreign censorship practices and strengthen the ability of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to combat digital trade barriers. Foreign censorship practices by authoritarian regimes,…

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CCIA Offers Written Statement To Subcommittee Ahead Of SHOP SAFE Hearing Thursday

Washington — The House Judiciary IP Subcommittee holds a hearing this afternoon on H.R. 3429 (the Stopping Harmful Offers on Platforms by Screening Against Fakes in E-Commerce Act, or SHOP SAFE Act), which would establish prescriptive requirements aimed at reducing the sale of counterfeit and unsafe products online. This legislation proposes ambiguous and onerous provisions…

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Industry Groups Release Statement on the EU Digital Services Act Ahead of Council Meeting

Brussels, BELGIUM — Ahead of a EU ministers’ meeting today the Computer & Communications Industry Association joined Allied for Startups and other industry groups in a joint statement on the proposed EU Digital Services Act. The following can be attributed to CCIA Europe Senior Public Policy Manager Alex Maglione: “We commend the Member States’ high…

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CCIA Affirms Support For New EU Disinformation Guidelines

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission today published its new Guidance to strengthen the EU Code of Practice on Disinformation. The European Commission will now work with the involved companies to improve several aspects of the Code based on clear commitments and subject to an oversight mechanism in order to fight the spread of disinformation.…

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CCIA Joins Industry Statement on the Need for Regulatory Dialogue in the Proposed Digital Markets Act

Brussels, BELGIUM – The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) has joined other industry associations in a joint statement on the Digital Markets Act ahead of the EU ministers’ meeting on May 27-28. The statement urges ministers to strengthen and foster a true “regulatory dialogue”. This envisioned participatory approach to intervention should replace suspicion and…

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Florida Governor Signs Bill Requiring Companies To Carry User Speech Or Face Lawsuits 

Washington — Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a bill that would allow any internet user from foreign extremists to disgruntled internet trolls to sue online websites for removing allegedly inappropriate content. The bill will deter businesses from protecting online users through the enforcement of their terms of service regarding misinformation or harmful speech on their…

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European Parliament Resolution Creates Unhelpful Doubts About EU-UK Data Flows 

Brussels, BELGIUM — A small majority of European Parliamentarians today approved a nonbinding political resolution that objects to the EU granting the United Kingdom “adequacy” status to transfer personal data between the EU and the United Kingdom. It is now up to the European Commission to adopt its draft adequacy decisions.  Data flows that are…

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CCIA, 10 Organizations Offer Ways G20 Can Support Digital Transformation For Economic Recovery

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association joined 10 other groups in offering recommendations for the G20 as they look at how the digital economy can drive the global economic recovery and also empower countries to tackle pressing global issues such as climate change. The letter outlines policies needed for an open and…

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CCIA Cautions Connecticut On Potential Legal Issues Related To Proposed Tax Bills

Washington – Lawmakers in Connecticut are considering a series of bills that would impose a discriminatory new tax on digital advertising services.  This session, legislators in both houses have introduced five separate bills that would levy taxes on revenue earned through digital advertising. Legislators are framing tax hikes as a roadmap to economic recovery, though…

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CCIA Notes Benefits Of Endless Frontier Act Ahead of Markup Wednesday

Washington — The Senate Commerce Committee will markup legislation Wednesday that would invest in more research and development in ten critical areas including artificial intelligence, robotics, and high performance computing so that the U.S. is able to compete in innovation. The legislation would create a Technology Directorate within what is now the National Science Foundation…

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European Parliament Resolution Raises Doubt about EU-UK Data Flows

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) today reportedly opined that the United Kingdom does not provide adequate privacy protection to allow the transfer of EU personal data. Under the terms of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, the UK is considered adequate until 30 June 2021. While…

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CCIA Supports NIST’s Privacy Risk Management Framework

Washington — As the National Institute of Standards and Technology works to further develop its Privacy Risk Management Framework, CCIA offered a statement supporting this framework for risk-based mechanisms to improve privacy. The following can be attributed to CCIA Vice President of Public Policy Arthur Sidney:  “In the modern data-enabled economy, businesses work hard to…

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CCIA Applauds House Subcommittee For Attention To Digital Divide, Affordable Broadband Access

Washington – The House Energy & Commerce technology subcommittee will hear testimony Thursday on broadband access and affordability. The past year has shown that access to high-speed affordable broadband service is essential for people to be able to work, learn, worship, and access health services, but there are still unacceptable gaps in coverage for millions…

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Florida Legislature Passes Bill That Would Encourage Lawsuits Over Removal Of Dangerous Content

Washington — Both chambers of the Florida legislature have approved versions of a bill that would create extensive new regulations on how companies enforce rules for moderating user-generated content. Online platforms have varying policies on what content users may post, which users agree to when they sign up for the service. Should Gov. Ron DeSantis…

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CCIA Welcomes the EU’s Risk-Based AI Proposal, Urges Further Clarifications

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission today presented its Artificial Intelligence (AI) framework which includes an AI-specific Regulation. The regulation prohibits certain practices and introduces comprehensive requirements for “high risk” systems before their introduction to the EU market. Other requirements include informing users when they are interacting with an AI system, e.g. via chatbots. Fines…

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Global Coalition of Industry Groups Offer Digital Recommendations to G7 Leaders

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association joined 16 other tech and business groups today to offer joint recommendations  for G7 leaders. The recommendations precede the  G7 Digital and Technology Ministerial on April 28-29. Representatives from tech organizations in each of the G7 countries and Europe plan to meet April 15 to further discuss…

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CCIA Offers Recommendations on EU-US Regulatory Agenda

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association released recommendations for a new start to EU-US cooperation on trade and digital regulations. The Transatlantic relationship remains a key trade partnership, and a renewed commitment to strengthening it through increased dialogue on urgent digital issues is welcomed. CCIA offered recommendations to policymakers supporting increased cooperation on…

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CCIA Welcomes G20 Tax Reform Progress, Warns Against EU Digital Levy

Brussels, BELGIUM — G20 Finance Ministers today met and reconfirmed their commitment to “reaching a global and consensus-based solution … by mid-2021” on global tax reform. Today, CCIA filed comments in response to the European Commission’s consultation on its digital levy proposal which is expected in June 2021. The comments confirm that “CCIA strongly supports…

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Supreme Court Decides Landmark Google v. Oracle Case On Copyright, Interoperable Tech Products

Washington — The Supreme Court has issued its ruling in the Google v. Oracle copyright case, which has been litigated for more than a decade. The outcome, which has sweeping implications for the tech industry, means the reuse of certain program elements necessary for interoperability is fair use and not an infringement of copyright law.…

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USTR Releases Annual Report Identifying Digital Trade Barriers

Washington — The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative released its annual National Trade Estimates (NTE) report that plays a valuable role in identifying and addressing barriers for internet services and internet-enabled businesses. For the 2021 Report, USTR detailed a number of foreign regulations that pose barriers for U.S. exporters including digital services taxes, regulations…

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CCIA shares its AI recommendations with the European Commission

Brussels,  BELGIUM — CCIA sent its Artificial Intelligence (AI) recommendations to the European Commission. The EU executive is expected to present its legislative proposal on trustworthy AI in the coming months.  CCIA welcomes the Commission’s dual emphasis on building European excellence and trust in AI.  AI will be key to support Europe’s economic recovery, green…

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CCIA Offers Written Statement For House Energy And Commerce Hearing On Misinformation Online

Washington — The CEOs of Facebook, Google and Twitter are testifying tomorrow at a hearing about misinformation and extremist content online.  The Computer & Communications Industry Association supports free speech online as well as the right for private companies to decide what material to host online. CCIA has advocated for Section 230 for decades and…

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CCIA Statement Ahead Of House Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing On News Media, Tech Industry

Washington – House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David Cicilline plans a hearing Friday on legislation he has introduced that would give news media companies an exemption to an antitrust law against collusion.  The Computer &  Communications Industry Association has defended competition in the marketplace for almost 50 years and fought media consolidation and mergers like…

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CCIA Recommendations for Achieving an Effective and Proportionate Digital Markets Act

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association published its position paper Thursday on the EU Digital Markets Act (DMA). The DMA proposal of 15 December 2020 is currently being discussed and amended by the EU Member States and the European Parliament. CCIA supports the objectives of the DMA proposal. The position paper provides…

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CCIA Comments Ahead of Senate Judiciary Antitrust Hearing

Washington — The Senate Judiciary Antitrust subcommittee holds a hearing Thursday on antitrust for the 21st Century. Committee Chairwoman Amy Klobuchar introduced an antitrust bill last month that would include funding for antitrust enforcers, merger regulations, increased civil fines against companies, and the ability to charge a company with abusing market power without the need…

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New CCIA Paper: National Initiatives Risk Undermining the EU Digital Single Market

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) shared its recommendations on the EU Digital Services Act (DSA) proposal. The DSA proposal was presented by the European Commission in December 2020. CCIA called the DSA proposal “an opportunity to create a better functioning EU Digital Single Market, provide clarity on everyone’s responsibilities, and…

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CCIA Welcomes New Momentum towards Global Tax Reform at G20 Finance Ministers Meeting

Brussels, BELGIUM — A meeting of G20 Finance Ministers today showed strong signs of broad support for reaching an agreement this year on global tax reforms through the OECD  negotiations. This was the first meeting with incoming U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, who stated the U.S. “was committed to the multilateral discussions on both pillars…

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CCIA Comments Ahead of House Antitrust Subcommittee Hearing This Week

Washington — House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David Cicilline resumes his attack on the tech industry this week with a hearing Thursday. The Committee held numerous hearings during the last Congress to build support for additional regulation, with Computer & Communications Industry Association President Matt Schruers as one of the witnesses at the lead-off hearing.…

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CCIA, Industry Groups File Complaint Against Maryland Digital Tax

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association and a coalition of trade associations joined in filing a federal complaint against Maryland’s recent Act imposing a “Digital Advertising Gross Revenues Tax”, aimed at technology companies. The Act attempts to collect an estimated $250 million from a small number of companies in the first year, according…

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EU Council e-Privacy Agreement Paves Way for Final Negotiations, CCIA Urges Further Improvements

Brussels, BELGIUM — The EU Member States (“EU Council”) today approved a joint position on the e-Privacy Regulation, originally proposed in 2017. This decision paves the way for final negotiations with the European Parliament and the European Commission. The proposed e-Privacy Regulation entails new privacy rules that will affect how Europeans consume online services from…

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Tech Sector Bodies Call for New Effort in Global Talks on Digital Taxation

Technology sector organisations techUK, the City of London Corporation, Allied for Start-ups, the Developers Alliance and the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) have today issued a joint letter calling for a new effort from the U.S., EU and UK to agree a common approach to the taxation of the digital economy at the OECD.…

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CCIA’s Response As Chairman Klobuchar Introduces Antitrust Bill

Washington — The incoming chair of the Senate antitrust subcommittee, Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., is introducing an antitrust bill Thursday according to various news reports, which proposes fundamental changes to U.S. antitrust law. The bill includes new merger regulations, funding for antitrust enforcers, the ability to issue civil fines against companies and also eliminate the need…

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CCIA Offers USTR Comments Ahead of Annual Special 301 Report On Trade Barriers

Washington — In comments filed with the U.S. Trade Representative today, the Computer & Communications Industry Association asked 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 continue to pursue…

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CCIA Joins Statement Supporting Efforts to Update Digital Trade Rules At WTO

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association joined dozens of other organizations in a joint statement supporting work to update trade rules for the 21st Century at the World Trade Organization. The statement urges those involved in the Joint Statement Initiative on E-Commerce to develop a framework that ensures the movement of data across…

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Tech Associations Offer Digital Trade Priorities for Biden-Harris Administration

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association joined 4 other associations in a statement to the incoming Biden Administration on digital trade. This is critical at a time when some longtime trading partners are enacting new barriers to cross-border delivery of digital services and goods. Industry encourages the Biden-Harris Administration to make open, rules-based…

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CCIA Calls For Strong U.S. Response as Result of Section 301 Investigations into Digital Tax

Washington — The U.S. Trade Representative has released its reports in the Section 301 investigations into the digital services taxes (DSTs) of the United Kingdom, Spain, and Austria. USTR concluded that these taxes were discriminatory against U.S. tech firms, and are inconsistent with prevailing principles of international taxation, and burden U.S. commerce. This follows last…

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German Legislature Preempts EU Reforms with National Competition Law Amendments Targeting the Digital Economy

Berlin, GERMANY — Members of the German parliament voted to approve far-reaching regulations for large digital platforms today. Once signed into law, the proposal would make Germany the first jurisdiction in the EU specifically regulating market power in the digital economy. The reform introduces article 19a in the German “Act against Restraints of Competition,” setting…

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CCIA Statement On Social Media Ban On Accounts Involved In Inciting Violence

The following can be attributed to Computer & Communication Industry Association President Matt Schruers in response to numerous digital services suspending accounts involved in the incitement of violence, including by President Donald Trump, on their platforms: “Private companies taking action against bad actors that misuse their services to incite violence have a First Amendment right…

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CCIA: Anticipated U.S. Response To French Digital Taxes On U.S. Companies is Crucial

Washington — In response to French digital taxes aimed at U.S. companies, the U.S. Trade Representative is expected to respond tomorrow with tariffs on $1.3 billion on French products. USTR concluded in its Section 301 investigation that the French tax discriminated against US firms. USTR announced these tariffs last summer, but suspended the collection on…

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CCIA Applauds FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on 12GHz Band of Spectrum

Washington– FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has circulated an NPRM to the Commission to consider the best use of the 12GHz band of spectrum.  CCIA has supported such an NPRM to leverage this band of spectrum for fifth generation (“5G”) wireless broadband purposes.  The following statement can be attributed to CCIA President Matt Schruers: “CCIA applauds…

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Unvetted Copyright Measures In Spending Bill Concern CCIA

Washington — Congress has wrapped several controversial copyright measures into a must-pass end of the year spending bill.  The intellectual property part of the legislation includes the CASE Act, the Trademark Modernization Act, and the Protecting Lawful Streaming Act. While the Computer & Communications Industry Association doesn’t oppose the language of the streaming proposal, it…

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CCIA Response To Proposed Digital Copyright Act

Washington — Senator Thom Tillis, R-NC, has introduced a discussion draft of a controversial copyright bill that reads like a Christmas wish list for Hollywood and big content companies, and takes cues from contentious copyright reforms in Europe. Among other sweeping changes to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the bill increases the role of…

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State Attorney General Announces Lawsuit Against Google

Washington — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google aimed at Google’s advertising technology. The Computer & Communications Industry Association was founded in 1972 by companies challenging anticompetitive practices of IBM. CCIA has a history of supporting  evidence-based antitrust enforcement to prevent consumer harm. The following can be attributed to…

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New EU Cybersecurity Rules Should Promote Security Mitigation, Avoid Compliance Red Tape

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission published today a legislative proposal to update the 2016 Network and Information Security Directive.  The proposal aims to reduce regulatory inconsistencies across the EU’s internal market and it encourages security information sharing to help companies effectively address future cybersecurity risks. But the proposal also suggests that cloud computing providers,…

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CCIA Responses To EU Digital Markets Act and Digital Services Act Proposals

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission presented its Digital Markets Act (DMA) and its Digital Services Act (DSA) proposals earlier today. The Digital Markets Act seeks to target the core services of so-called digital “gatekeepers” by restructuring their relationships with business users and imposing new terms and obligations. These obligations can be updated, new services…

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CCIA Reaction to EU Digital Proposals

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission today presented its legislative proposals —  the Digital Markets Act (DMA) and the Digital Services Act (DSA). The DMA imposes new prohibitions and obligations on so-called digital “gatekeepers”. The DSA imposes due diligence obligations on online platforms, and creates a specific regime with additional obligations for large online platforms.…

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CCIA Offers OECD Comments Supporting Global Tax Reform

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association offered comments today on the OECD Secretariats’ Blueprints regarding the OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework Public Consultation Document on the Reports on the Pillar One and Pillar Two Blueprints. The Blueprints regarding Pillar 1 & 2 were released in October 2020 and seek to propose a consensus-based approach…

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CCIA Offers European Commission Comments On Data Transfer Method

CCIA submitted comments to the European Commission on the draft new Standard Contractual Clauses (‘SCC’) to transfer data outside of the EU. CCIA believes this transfer tool will pave the way towards greater legal certainty for most data transfers outside the European Union. However, the tool could still be made more practical for companies to…

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Senate Judiciary Considers Controversial Copyright And Section 230 Legislation

Washington — Controversial legislation combining flawed copyright and Section 230 bills was considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee today before being withdrawn. The Computer & Communications Industry Association has serious concerns with S. 4632 (the Online Content Policy Modernization Act), which is a bill containing S. 1273 (the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act…

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CCIA Response To States’ and FTC Action Regarding Facebook

The following can be attributed to Computer & Communications Industry Association President Matt Schruers: “CCIA strongly supports antitrust enforcement when consumers are harmed. However, the remedy needs to be tailored to the evidence, and not based on an artificially narrow definition of the market. Unwinding Facebook’s acquisitions of Instagram in 2012 and WhatsApp in 2014…

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CCIA Applauds Senate Commerce Attention To Data Transfer Solutions

Washington — The Senate Commerce Committee holds its hearing “The Invalidation of the EU-US Privacy Shield and the Future of Transatlantic Data Flows,” Wednesday to examine the economic impact of the suspension of the popular data transfer framework and the U.S. government’s ongoing engagement to negotiate a new transfer system. Thousands of large and small…

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CCIA Expresses Concern With Copyright Proposal In Spending Bill

Washington — Reports indicate there may be a package combining several pieces of proposed intellectual property legislation with a spending bill that must be signed by December 11th. The intellectual property part of the legislation may include the CASE Act, Trademark Modernization Act, and a proposal regarding “streaming.” The Computer & Communications Industry Association has…

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CCIA Welcomes European Democracy Action Plan Objectives

Brussels, BELGIUM — Today the European Commission published its European Democracy Action Plan covering topics including transparency in political content, disinformation, and media freedom and pluralism. The Computer & Communications Industry Association welcomes the Commission’s efforts.  The Action Plan foresees legislative proposals on the transparency of sponsored political content, and on the funding of European…

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CCIA Files Supreme Court Amicus On Arthrex Patent Issues

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association filed an amicus brief in an upcoming Supreme Court case involving the status of Patent Trial and Appeal Board judges. The Court granted certiorari on two questions—whether the judges of the PTAB are principal officers who must be appointed by the President with consent from the Senate,…

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The European Commission Proposes New EU Data Sharing Rules, Expands Restrictions for International Transfers of Certain Data

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission published a new proposal today, the Data Governance Act, to facilitate data sharing among public and private organisations. The legislative proposal also sets out conditions for people to share their data for the public good in the name of “data altruism”. Today’s proposal seeks to provide legal certainty for…

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Oxford Economics presents study on digital services in the EU, offers recommendations for upcoming Digital Services Act

Brussels, BELGIUM — Oxford Economics has released a study examining digital services in Europe. The study investigates how digital services weave into Europe’s economy and society and explores online content moderation best practices to fight against the dissemination of illegal content, products and conduct online. The Computer & Communications Industry Association commissioned the study to…

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CCIA Weighs In On European Commission Request For Input On Trade Strategy

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association filed comments with the European Commission as it crafts a trade strategy for the digital age. The EC consultancy is an opportunity to accelerate the digital transformation of Europe’s trade policies. CCIA encouraged the EU “to pursue an ambitious trade agenda that includes the strengthening of the…

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DSA: Unlocking the Benefits of Digital Services in Europe

Join us to discuss the role of digital services in Europe as Oxford Economics unveils a new CCIA-commissioned study on “Digital Services in Europe” on 20 November. The study investigates how digital services weave into Europe’s economy and society and explores online content moderation best practices to fight against the dissemination of illegal content, products…

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CCIA Presents Recommendations In Meetings with Incoming Portuguese EU Presidency

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association is leading a series of meetings Tuesday with Portuguese politicians and senior officials ahead of Portugal taking over the Presidency of the Council of the EU on 1 January. CCIA is also presenting its recommendations on the range of new EU proposals that will impact Europe’s…

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CCIA Details Success of U.S. Free Trade Agreements to U.S. International Trade Commission

Washington – The International Trade Commission is currently preparing a report on the economic impact of various U.S. free trade agreements. The Computer & Communications filed comments Friday explaining how free trade agreements have shown steady improvements in provisions to help expand digitally-enabled trade, which is the fastest growing sector in trade in services. Last…

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CCIA Identifies Trade Barriers For Internet and Technology Services to USTR

Washington — U.S. Internet and technology services continue to face rising trade barriers in foreign markets around the world. The Computer & Communications Industry Association detailed examples of these growing digital trade barriers in response to trade officials’ annual request for comments. USTR will issue its National Trade Estimates (NTE) report Spring 2021 that identifies…

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CCIA Offers Comments To Commerce Department On Export Controls

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association submitted comments in response to a Commerce Department inquiry about proposed new export controls on foundational technologies. CCIA expressed its concern that the controls as outlined in the Federal Register notice would limit U.S. exports to global customers, risk technological advancements, and deter global adoption of U.S.…

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CCIA Response To DOJ Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google Search, Advertising

Washington — The Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against Google covering issues spanning a previous FTC investigation, search, as well as digital advertising. Attorney General Barr, who had promised to bring charges against major tech companies ahead of the election, filed the lawsuit along with 11 Republican attorneys general. No Democrats joined the…

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PTO Requests Comments On Changes To Make It Difficult To Challenge Weak Patents

Washington – The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has requested comments on making permanent changes to the system currently used to challenge weak or overly broad patents known as inter partes review.  The Computer & Communications Industry Association sent a letter to Patent and Trademark Office Director Iancu last year warning him that making it…

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CCIA Expresses Concern About FCC Plans To Alter Legal Protections For Services Facilitating Free Speech Online

Washington — Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai issued a statement today on liability rules for services that facilitate free speech online, saying he planned to move forward with steps to alter the law in response to a request from President Trump and later the Commerce Department. The rules under Section 230 of the Communications…

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CCIA Congratulates Nobel Laureates For Economic Model For FCC Spectrum Auctions

Washington — This year’s Nobel Prize in economics has been awarded to two Stanford University professors who came up with the economic model that governments around the world now use to auction spectrum used for everything from broadcast stations to high speed internet. Before Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson developed a new theory for spectrum…

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House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee Proposal Calls For Competition Policy Changes That Take Aim At Tech Companies, Consumers 

Washington — House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee chairman David Cicilline has released a Democratic-only proposal targeting several popular tech companies. The recommendations include introducing amendments to the current antitrust system that would not benefit consumers.  Republicans have released a separate Report not supporting some of the most radical democratic recommendations such as mandates to structurally separate…

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CCIA To Testify Before ITC On Positive Impact of U.S. Free Trade Agreements

Washington — The International Trade Commission is beginning two days of hearings on the economic impact of various U.S. free trade agreements. Computer & Communications Industry Association Vice President Arthur Sidney will testify Wednesday telling the ITC about elements in trade agreements that have boosted the tech industry and enabled digital trade around the world. …

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Supreme Court To Hear Case, Set Precedent On Interoperability For Tech Products

Washington — The Supreme Court will hear oral argument in a case Wednesday that has implications for much of the tech industry and the economy. The Google v. Oracle case, which has been litigated for more than a decade, could determine whether the reuse of certain program elements necessary for interoperability is an infringement of…

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CCIA Submits Comments on the Review of EU Cybersecurity Law

CCIA has submitted comments to the European Commission’s consultation on the review of the Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive. Two years into force, CCIA believes that the NIS Directive has contributed to a higher level of security of network and information systems. Above all, the principles and foundations of the EU’s first cybersecurity legislation…

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CCIA To Testify At House Judiciary Hearing On Copyright Issues Wednesday

Washington — The House Judiciary Committee plans a hearing Wednesday on copyright issues with testimony from Computer & Communications Industry Association President Matt Schruers. The hearing is expected to discuss the Copyright Office’s recent report on Section 512, enacted as part of the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).  Section 512 provides a means for…

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CCIA Expresses Concern About DOJ Proposal Aimed At Social Media Companies Ahead Of Election

Washington — Weeks before the election, the Department of Justice is submitting a rare legislative proposal to Congress today to alter the law that allows social media sites to flag or remove misinformation and nefarious content. Attorney General William Barr is also expected to meet with Republican attorneys general today regarding unsubstantiated claims that social…

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New Copyright Office Leader, Opportunity To Improve Operations

Washington — Shira Perlmutter has been named as the new Register of Copyrights.  Perlmutter brings new leadership to the U.S. Copyright Office at a time when modernizing its operations for the digital age will be key.  The Computer & Communications Industry Association has noted that modernization of aging Copyright Office systems can ensure that the…

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CCIA, Industry and Civil Society Groups Send Joint Letter To EU Policymakers On Preventing Terrorist Content Online

CCIA, industry and civil society groups today sent a letter to EU policy-makers on the proposal on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online.  CCIA fully supports the objective of the EU institutions to counter terrorism and incitement to violence. The joint letter encouraged EU policymakers to define a clear scope and definition of terrorist…

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House Introduces Bipartisan Resolution On Artificial Intelligence

Washington — Congress members William Hurd, R-Tex., and Robin Kelly, D-Ill., have introduced a bipartisan resolution to serve as a roadmap aimed at making the United States a leader in artificial intelligence. The resolution addresses issues from research and development to ethics to creating a workforce able to lead this high tech area. The Computer…

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CCIA Files Comments Ahead of European Democracy Action Plan

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association offered its response today to the European Commission’s public consultation on the forthcoming European Democracy Action Plan. CCIA said it was looking forward to working with policymakers on how to address disinformation and protect the integrity of elections.  The European Democracy Action Plan is an important…

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Industry Outlines Digital Trade Recommendations on U.S.-Brazil Trade

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association joined 8 organizations in a letter to top United States and Brazilian trade officials recommending priorities for ongoing trade dialogues that will advance digital commerce between the two countries.  The letter encourages “the development of strong, rules-based commitments necessary to deepen the U.S.-Brazil bilateral trade and investment…

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European Commission Issues Temporary Rules to Allow Companies to Continue Removal of Online Child Sexual Abuse Material

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission published a proposed Regulation today allowing online communications providers to continue to detect and remove child sexual abuse material (CSAM) from their services.  This proposal is designed to make up for an unintended consequence of the existing e-Privacy Directive, which will apply to online messaging services as of 21…

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CCIA Responds to the European Commission Consultation on Article 17 of the Copyright Directive

Brussels, BELGIUM –The Computer & Communications Industry Association offered comments on the implementation of Article 17 of the Copyright Directive today. CCIA’s comments include elements such as the scope of services covered, how online content-sharing service providers have to provide their ‘best efforts’ to obtain rightsholders’ authorisation, and avoiding unauthorised content online.  After months of…

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CCIA Supports an EU Risk-Based Approach to AI in Comments

The Computer & Communications Industry Association submitted comments today to the European Commission’s roadmap consultation on Artificial Intelligence (AI). The Commission is expected to present a legislative proposal in Q1 2021. In its comments CCIA welcomes the Commission’s aim to “create trust and incentivise the use of such AI systems by citizens and businesses”. It…

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CCIA Responds to Public Consultation on EU Proposal for a New Competition Tool

Brussels, BELGIUM –The Computer & Communications Industry Association offered comments on the European Commission’s public consultation on the forthcoming proposals for a new complementary tool to strengthen competition enforcement (“NCT”) today. The consultation questions cover a wide range of issues around perceived gaps in the current EU competition rules, particularly those related to what are…

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CCIA Encourages a Deepening of the EU Digital Single Market, Clarified Responsibilities, and Safeguards of Fundamental Rights in Digital Services Act Filing

Brussels, BELGIUM –The Computer & Communications Industry Association offered comments on the European Commission’s forthcoming Digital Services Act today. The consultation questions covered topics such as intermediaries’ liability, transparency requirements for digital services, ex-ante measures, online advertising, platform workers, and governance of digital services in the EU Single Market. The European Commission is expected to…

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CCIA Cautions FCC On Taking Actions Outside Its Legal Authority

Washington — The Federal Communications Commission is receiving comments until Wednesday in response to an NTIA petition for a rulemaking through which the FCC would assert greater control over online speech, by narrowing Section 230 of the Telecommunications Act. The action follows an executive order from President Trump in May aimed at pressuring social media…

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CCIA Praises House Resolution Denouncing Digital Taxes Aimed At U.S. Companies

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association commends members of Congress for taking a stand against countries enacting new digital taxes aimed at U.S. tech companies. Today Representatives Ron Estes, R-Kan. and Dan Kildee, D-Mich. introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives condemning digital services taxes.  The resolution supports U.S. actions taken and…

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Apple, Cisco, Google, and Intel Challenge USPTO Rule Reducing Access to IPR

Washington — Four major American technology companies filed a challenge to the so-called NHK-Fintiv rule under the Administrative Procedure Act Monday.  The rule, which permits the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to refuse to reexamine a patent if the patent might be part of a trial in the near future, has increasingly been used by…

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CCIA, 20 Companies, Groups Ask FTC To Pursue Rehearing Of Qualcomm Antitrust Case

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association joined 20 other companies and associations in a letter encouraging the Federal Trade Commissioners to seek en banc rehearing of its case against Qualcomm. The FTC rightly asserted in its case that Qualcomm’s licensing practices were anticompetitive, hurt rivals and enhanced their monopoly. The trial court judge…

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CCIA Expresses Disappointment In Flawed 9th Circuit Qualcomm Decision

Washington — The 9th Circuit today overturned a district court decision by Judge Lucy Koh, holding that Qualcomm had not violated the antitrust laws by refusing to license competitors in violation of its contractual obligation to do so, by refusing to sell chips unless the customer first took a patent license, and by engaging in…

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CCIA Responds To Draft Australian Regulations Aimed At US Tech Companies

Washington —  The Australian government has announced that the Australian Competition and Consumers Commission (ACCC) has released its draft Mandatory News Media Bargaining Code of Conduct that regulates digital platforms´ commercial relationships with Australian media companies. The Australian Government has decided that these new regulations will only be applicable to Google and Facebook. The Computer…

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NTIA Files Petition With FCC To Issue Rulemaking On Section 230 In Response To Executive Order

Washington — The National Telecommunications and Information Administration has filed a petition with the FCC asking it to issue a rulemaking clarifying Section 230 intermediary protections for what users say and do online. NTIA was required to file the petition by President Trump’s May 28th Executive Order aimed at social media companies, and could result…

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New Morning Consult Poll Shows Americans’ Use, Views On Tech In Times Of Covid

Washington — A Morning Consult poll shows Americans have found value in a range of tech services they are using even more frequently during the pandemic. The poll, commissioned by the Computer and Communications Industry Association, showed how important consumers found video chat, video streaming, food delivery services and the range of services gaining popularity.…

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EU Top Court Strikes Down Privacy Shield, CCIA Calls for Urgent Legal Certainty and Solutions

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Court of Justice (CJEU) issued a landmark ruling today that invalidates Privacy Shield, a key legal mechanism which thousands of companies use to transfer commercial data from the EU to the United States. The CJEU ruled that the Privacy Shield decision does not comply with EU law. Among other things,…

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CCIA Offers Comments To USTR On Digital Tax Proposals

Washington – The U.S. Trade Representative has asked stakeholders for feedback as part of its investigation into various overseas digital taxes, which target U.S. companies. USTR is already investigating a French digital tax and announced suspended tariffs when and if the tax is collected against U.S. companies early next year. The Computer and Communications Industry…

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CCIA Files Letter to the FCC Supporting Opening a Rulemaking On 12 GHz Band of Spectrum

Washington — The Computer and Communications Industry Association and INCOMPAS filed comments with the FCC today asking the Commission to initiate a rulemaking on the 12 GHz band of spectrum, which has valuable uses for 5G wireless services. The letter was filed in response to an application for modifications from SpaceX, which, if granted, would…

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USTR Announces Sanctions Against France in Digital Tax Investigation

Washington — USTR has announced sanctions against France that will remain suspended until France starts collecting duties under the French digital services tax. This follows USTR’s conclusion in the Section 301 investigation into the French tax that the tax discriminated against US firms.  Several countries are in various stages of implementing digital taxes targeted at…

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CCIA Files Comments On Petition to FCC to Modernize Regulations To Get Devices To Consumers

Washington — The FCC is accepting comments on a petition for rulemaking that would modernize the regulatory process for getting new devices to consumers. The Computer and Communications Industry Association filed comments today, saying that modernizing these rules would help the U.S. compete in the race to 5G, which is a top priority of the…

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CCIA Welcomes Launch of U.S-Kenya Trade Talks

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association welcomes the start of negotiations for a U.S.-Kenya Trade Agreement.  CCIA filed comments earlier this year with the United States Trade Representative outlining digital trade priorities, encouraging USTR to build off progress made in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement and establish strong rules for digital commerce.   The following can…

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Senate Judiciary Advances Measure To Give Government Greater Control Over Online Content, Opens Risks For Online Security Through Patchwork Of State Laws

Washington — The Senate Judiciary Committee took a step toward approving legislation, S. 3398, the “Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies” (EARNIT) Act, which would weaken the law companies rely upon to address objectionable activity online, commonly referred to as Section 230. In March, when the bill was introduced, the Computer & Communications…

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CCIA Reacts To UK Competition and Market Authority’s Final Report On Online Platforms And Digital Advertising

Brussels, BELGIUM — The UK Competition and Markets Authority today published its final report on online platforms and digital advertising. The CMA’s recommendations would grant far-reaching powers to a new digital regulator to impose company-specific regulations, force product design changes, redistribute assets, and order the breakup of platforms. The Computer & Communications Industry Association encourages…

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CCIA Provides Input to the EU’s Future Proposals on the Digital Services Act and Competition Tools

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association welcomes the opportunity to respond to the European Commission’s calls for feedback on its future Digital Services Act (internal market rules and ex-ante measures) and proposal for new competition tools. The European Commission is expected to present legislative proposals before the end of the year. CCIA…

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CCIA Raises Privacy and Security Concerns Regarding Brazil’s Proposed ‘Fake News’ Law

Washington — The Senate of Brazil is likely to soon consider Bill number 630/2020, the “Fake News Law” ostensibly aimed at combating online disinformation. Recent amendments to this legislation have raised significant privacy and security concerns among Brazilian experts and pose risks to citizens and organizations doing business in Brazil. Requirements include the expansive collection…

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CCIA Expresses Concern Over New Senate Bill To Weaken Encryption

Washington — A bill to give law enforcement more access to personal data with fewer legal protections for citizens has been introduced in the Senate Tuesday. Senators Lindsey Graham, R-SC, and Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., have announced the  “Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act.” The bill would compel device manufacturers and providers…

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CCIA Welcomes EU Report On GDPR Enforcement Deficiencies

Brussels, BELGIUM — Today the European Commission released its first full assessment of Europe’s data protection rules. After two years of application, the European Commission highlighted several deficiencies related to the enforcement of Europe’s data protection rules.  As CCIA has pointed out previously, the European Commission also takes issue with the lack of appropriate funding…

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CCIA Statement on Negotiations on Global Tax Reform

The following can be attributed to Computer & Communications Industry Association Vice President and Head of CCIA’s European office in Brussels Christian Borggreen: “We continue to support global tax reform. The high level of ambition and complexity of these international negotiations means that this process will take time.  “As governments seek to finance their economic…

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DOJ Proposes Modifying Law Supporting Free Speech Online In Effort To Pressure Internet Companies On Content Moderation Policies

Washington — Today the Justice Department announced a proposal to alter the law that allows internet users to instantly communicate online. The law, known as Section 230, was envisioned to protect free speech online while giving digital services legal certainty to remove objectionable content without risk of liability. DOJ’s proposal, which would require Congressional approval,…

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CCIA Comments Support the EU’s Approach on Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association welcomes the European Commission’s approach to Artificial Intelligence in comments filed today responding to the Commission’s public consultation.  CCIA sent a letter in January with its recommendations on how a proportionate and risk-based EU approach to AI framework can maximise the benefits of AI, while also…

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CCIA Applauds FCC Vote to Promote 5G Deployment

Washington — The FCC has voted to approve the 5G Upgrade Order announced last month by Commissioner Brendan Carr. The order will facilitate updating regulations to help broadband providers deploy 5G wireless networks across the United States. The Computer & Communications Industry Association has supported expanded access to high speed internet for decades. The following…

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CCIA Supports Efforts to Uphold Multistakeholder Approach to Internet Governance

Washington — CCIA President Matt Schruers sent a letter to the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) in response to an open consultation regarding the International Telecommunication Union’s upcoming 2020 World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly taking place in November.  The letter supports proposed U.S. positions at the upcoming meeting to ensure that the ITU pursues standards…

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CCIA Welcomes Outcome of Telecommunications Council

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association welcomed today’s meeting of European telecommunications ministers. Link to summary of their discussion. Ministers agreed that “digital infrastructure has proven to be resilient and robust during the COVID 19 crisis [but] that further investments in the digital infrastructure are necessary”. Ministers were also expected to broadly…

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Industry Groups Offer Recommendation to G20 Digital Economy Ministers

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association joined a number of global industry associations in a statement offering recommendations to the G20 Digital Economy Ministers. The G20 Digital Economy Ministerial is scheduled to take place July 22-23 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  For this year’s G20 Meeting of the Digital Economy Ministers, the Presidency of…

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CCIA Supports USTR Scrutiny on National Tax Measures

Washington —  The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has announced investigations into the actions of a number of countries that have adopted or proposed digital services taxes. The Computer & Communications Industry Association welcomes this U.S. action to address the proliferation of discriminatory taxes against U.S. companies, and investigate whether these taxes are in…

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White House Issues Executive Order Aimed At Online Speech, Social Media Companies

Washington – President Trump escalated his threat to free speech online today. From the Oval Office, Trump denounced social media, expressing his desire to shut Twitter down.  The President then explained why he relied on social media so heavily to directly reach a broad audience. Trump made these remarks as he signed an executive order…

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White House Expected To Issue Executive Order Targeting Online Speech

Washington – According to various news reports, President Trump is expected to issue an executive order seeking to roll back the liability protections that have allowed users to post content online.  Reports of an executive order come days after Twitter applied a fact-check notice adjacent to accusations from President Trump via Twitter about alleged voter…

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CCIA Supports House Amendment to Protect Americans’ Browsing Data from Warrantless Collection

Washington — The House is expected to vote this week on a bipartisan amendment to H.R. 6172, the “USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020.” The amendment, brought by Representatives Lofgren (D-CA) and Davidson (R-OH), would protect Americans’ private internet browsing and search data from warrantless collection under Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act. A…

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Copyright Office Releases Study On Safe Harbors, Recommends Further Reviews

Washington — The Copyright Office released its study today on how copyright provisions within the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act are being used. The study does not recommend wholesale changes to the Section 512 safe harbor system, but identifies areas where Congress may want to step in with legislation. The Computer & Communications Industry Association…

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CCIA Welcomes House Members’ Focus On Advancing Emerging Technologies

Washington — Several members of the House of Representatives have begun introducing bills aimed at ensuring the US remains competitive in emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things. The bills are part of the Emerging Technology Agenda announced earlier this month by House Energy and Commerce ranking member Greg Walden, R-Ore., and…

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Senate Advances USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act with New Surveillance Reforms

Washington — The Senate has voted to reauthorize expired authorities allowing federal government surveillance of Americans with additional reforms to legislation that the House previously passed. The Computer & Communications Industry Association has fought the unreasonable expansion of government surveillance for more than a decade. The following can be attributed to CCIA President Matt Schruers:…

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France’s new hate speech law risks excessive takedowns, harms freedom of expression

Brussels, BELGIUM — The French National Assembly today adopted its “Avia Law” aimed at combating hate speech online. The Computer & Communications Industry Association is concerned that it could lead to excessive takedowns of content as companies, especially startups, would err on the side of caution.  The new law requires platforms to takedown manifestly illegal…

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CCIA Welcomes Launch of U.S-UK Trade Talks

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association welcomes the start of negotiations for a U.S.-UK Trade Agreement.  CCIA filed comments last year with the United States Trade Representative outlining digital trade priorities, encouraging USTR to build off progress made in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement and establish strong rules for digital commerce.   The following can be…

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CCIA Offers Recommendations To Turkish Competition Authorities

Brussels, BELGIUM — CCIA submitted comments on a market study into competition and the digital economy by Rekabet Kurumu (“Rekabet”), the Turkish Competition Authority. CCIA commended Rekabet for seeking a better understanding of the legal, economic and policy challenges that arise with the digitalization of the global economy and its significance in the competition analysis.…

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USTR Releases Notorious Markets Report

Washington —  The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative released its annual Notorious Markets Report identifying online and physical marketplaces that reportedly engage in and facilitate piracy and counterfeiting. USTR also released the 2020 Special 301 Report.  The Computer & Communications Industry Association is an international trade association which has members that enforce policies aimed…

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CCIA Recommendations on Negotiating Priorities for U.S-Kenya Trade

Washington — Following USTR’s announcement in February that the United States would seek to negotiate a trade deal with Kenya, the Computer & Communications Industry Association filed comments today with USTR outlining trade priorities for digital services in an agreement.  The comments discuss the needs for an intellectual property chapter that ensures protections for online…

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CCIA Offers Praise For House Commerce Bill Promoting Secure 5G Networks

Washington — House Energy and Commerce Committee members introduced a bill Friday designed to speed deployment of open standards-based, interoperable 5G networks through trusted sources. House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, D-N.J., ranking member Greg Walden, R-Ore., along with committee members Brett Guthrie, R-Ky., and Doris Matsui, D-Calif., have introduced the “Utilizing Strategic…

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CCIA Asks Supreme Court To Review Constitutionality of ITC’s Actions In Patent Case Illustrating Expanded Use Of ITC Against US Companies

Washington — As the International Trade Commission has increasingly expanded its jurisdiction to include ruling on domestic patent issues, the Computer & Communications Industry Association filed an amicus brief Monday afternoon asking the Supreme Court to grant cert and review the misuse of the ITC by foreign entities against US companies. The Federal District court…

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Leading European Food Delivery Platform Wolt Joins CCIA Europe

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association welcomes its newest member Wolt. Wolt was recently ranked the second fastest growing company in Europe by the Financial Times. The highly popular food-delivery platform was founded in 2014 in Helsinki, Finland.  The following can be attributed to CCIA Europe Vice President Christian Borggreen: “We are…

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CCIA Joins 28 Global Associations To Call For Essential Worker Guidelines

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association has joined 28 international business organizations in a statement asking governments to adopt guidance for communications and essential workers as they help with response to the pandemic. The following can be attributed to CCIA President Matt Schruers: “As technology services and telecom providers help to keep businesses,…

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USTR Releases Annual Report Identifying Digital Trade Barriers

Washington — The U.S. Trade Representative has issued its annual National Trade Estimates (NTE) report that noted the expanded use of digital trade barriers by trading partners. For the 2020 Report, USTR reiterated concerns with the rise in digital services taxes, restrictions on cross-border data flows and data localization requirements, Internet censorship, and online content-based…

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CCIA Europe Offers Recommendations On How To Calculate European Audio Visual Works 

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) contributed to the European Commission’s consultation on new guidelines under the revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) today. A main issue to resolve is how to calculate the share of European works in the catalogues of video on demand (VOD) services. CCIA said the same…

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CCIA Offers OMB Draft Comments On Artificial Intelligence

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association filed comments on Artificial Intelligence today in response to a request from the Office of Management and Budget. CCIA said the principles that OMB has proposed in the Guidance for Regulation of Artificial Intelligence Applications provide a strong foundation for federal agencies to craft regulations while maintaining…

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CCIA To Testify At Senate Hearing Tuesday On Copyright Enforcement In Other Countries

Washington — The Senate Judiciary Intellectual Property Subcommittee will hear from witnesses Tuesday about how other countries handle online copyright infringement and liability for what users post online. Europe has enacted copyright regulations recently that are out of sync with balanced copyright measures followed by the U.S. like the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and the…

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CCIA Tech Industry Delegation Meets Incoming German EU Presidency, Shares Recommendations

Berlin, Germany — The Computer & Communications Industry Association is leading a delegation of tech companies to meet with German politicians and senior officials ahead of Germany taking over the Presidency of the Council of the EU on July 1. CCIA Europe will also present its EU tech policy recommendations published today.   Germany takes…

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Tech Industry Raises Concerns with India’s Proposed Data Protection Bill

Washington — A group of 15 trade associations sent a letter to India policymakers this week expressing concerns with the proposed Personal Data Protection Bill.  In comments to the Parliamentary Committee last week, the Computer & Communications Industry outlined its specific concerns with the Bill and ways it departs from ongoing global discussion on data…

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CCIA, 4 Associations Send Letter Warning Of Encryption, Safety Risks Of New Bill

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association sent a letter signed by 4 other associations warning Congress of the collateral dangers of altering the law that gives internet companies legal certainty to remove nefarious content. Under current law companies are granted liability protections which enable them to remove offensive content. Now several Senators are…

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CCIA Submits Comments, Testified Before USTR On Fair Use In South Africa

Washington — Today the Computer & Communications Industry Association submitted a post-hearing brief to the U.S. Trade Representative for its review of South Africa’s copyright law. Last month, CCIA’s Ali Sternburg testified before USTR expressing support for South Africa’s proposed fair use exception. A CCIA study demonstrated that fair use industries account for 16% of…

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CCIA To Testify At USTR’s Special 301 Hearing

Washington — Computer & Communications Industry Association policy counsel Rachael Stelly will testify at a USTR hearing today on what should be included in its annual Special 301 report identifying foreign countries’ IP policies that present market access barriers to U.S. industries. CCIA filed comments with USTR earlier this month, citing barriers such as Europe’s…

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CCIA Welcomes EU Digital Strategies

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission today released several documents setting out the EU’s policy approach on everything digital. The European Commission President also published an op-ed on “Shaping Europe’s digital future.” The White Paper on Artificial Intelligence released today sets out policy options on how to promote the uptake of AI while addressing the…

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CCIA Submits Comments to WIPO on Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property

Washington — Today the Computer & Communications Industry Association submitted comments to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on its draft issues paper on artificial intelligence and intellectual property. CCIA previously filed several other recent submissions on the intersection of AI and IP with the USPTO: (1) on patenting AI inventions in November; and (2)…

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CCIA Identifies IP-Related Digital Trade Barriers In USTR Filing

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association submitted comments to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative today requesting that they identify IP-related digital trade barriers in its annual report on other countries’ IP policies that present market access barriers to U.S. industries. New barriers cited in CCIA’s comments include Europe’s recently enacted Copyright…

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CCIA, INCOMPAS Offer Comments On FCC’s Proposed C-Band Spectrum Auction

Washington — In response to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s recent announcement of a proposed public auction of valuable C-band spectrum, the Computer & Communications Industry Association co-authored a letter to the FCC Wednesday. CCIA and INCOMPAS applauded Chairman Pai’s decision to re-allocate this band of spectrum, which is especially valuable for developing 5G wireless networks.  …

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CCIA Welcomes Countries’ Commitment to Achieve Global Tax Reform in 2020, Warns against Unilateral Taxes

Brussels, BELGIUM — Today the OECD Secretariat published the Statement by the OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework to address the tax challenges arising from the digitalisation of the economy. In the document “members of the Inclusive Framework affirm their commitment to reach an agreement on a consensus-based solution by the end of 2020.”  They intend “to reach…

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CCIA Welcomes New Member Eventbrite

Brussels, BELGIUM — Eventbrite, a global ticketing and event technology platform, has joined the Computer & Communications Industry Association. The popular service enables users to create, promote and find events. CCIA is an international nonprofit tech trade association that advocates for innovation and competitive conditions for the tech industry. CCIA opened its Washington office in…

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CCIA Welcomes Suspension of France’s Digital Tax, Encourages Global Tax Reform

Brussels, BELGIUM — According to news reports French President Emmanuel Macron has an agreement with the United States to pause collection of the French digital tax until the end of this year. This would mean no U.S. retaliatory tariffs on French exports and more attention to advance ongoing international tax negotiations. More than 140 nations,…

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CCIA shares Artificial Intelligence recommendations with European Commission leaders

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association has sent a letter to the European Commission with its recommendations for the EU’s forthcoming AI framework. CCIA urged that the EU framework ensures that AI will be truly beneficial to European consumers, businesses, researchers and governments. CCIA Vice President Christian Borggreen recommended targeted regulatory intervention…

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CCIA Asks Supreme Court To Preserve Copyright Framework That Allows Interoperability

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association has filed an amicus brief in a Supreme Court case that has major implications for the entire tech industry. The issue in Google v. Oracle is whether the reuse of certain program elements necessary for interoperability is an infringement of copyright law. The case has been under…

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CCIA Welcomes Advocate General Opinion on Validity of EU Data Flow Instrument

Brussels, BELGIUM — Advocate General Saugmandsgaard Øe has issued a non-binding opinion in response to a case involving data transfers that are used to process information like credit card transactions or insurance claims. The case examined whether so-called Standard Contractual Clauses provide sufficient protection to EU citizens’ data when transferred outside the European Union. Standard…

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New Research Find That The Internet Boosts Growth For Legacy Music Industry

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association released a white paper that compiles various studies and data showing digital distribution helped grow profits for artists and companies. Senior Manager for CCIA Europe Victoria de Posson, who authored the paper, said that statistics on online subscription and revenue growth show online distribution is providing…

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Public Interest Groups, CCIA Ask For Rehearing On Net Neutrality Case

Washington — The Computer & Communication Industry Association joined public interest groups in a petition for the court to re-hear the most recent national net neutrality case. In October, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit found the FCC can choose to give up its role protecting nondiscriminatory internet access. Public Knowledge, Free…

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CCIA Signs Joint OTI Letter Supporting Encryption

Washington — A day before a Senate Judiciary hearing on encryption, the Computer & Communications Industry Association joined 100 other organizations from around the world in a New America Open Technologies Institute letter  to officials in Australia, the U.S. and U.K expressing concern about their misconceptions about encryption.  CCIA, which represents device makers, internet services…

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USTR Announces Plans To Issue Report On French Digital Tax Next Week

Washington — The United States Trade Representative issued an update Wednesday on its Section 301 investigation into the French digital tax, saying the report would be issued Monday. This follows a reported 90 day pause between U.S. and French officials reached alongside the G7 Summit earlier this year.  The Computer & Communications Industry Association filed…

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CCIA Welcomes the European Parliament’s Confirmation Vote on New European Commission

Brussels, BELGIUM — Today the European Parliament formally approved the new European Commissioners. The new Commission, led by Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, will take office on December 1 for a five year term. The Computer & Communications Industry Association recently offered recommendations on how technology can help solve Europe’s major societal challenges. The…

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Industry Raises Concerns with Canadian Digital Tax Plans

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association joined 14 other associations in sending a letter to the U.S. Trade Representative expressing concerns with Canada’s announced plans to pursue a digital services tax.  U.S. officials should discourage Canada from pursuing a unilateral digital tax, and instead continue to work within ongoing multilateral discussions regarding necessary…

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CCIA Applauds Bipartisan Congressional Letter On USMCA

Washington — A group of 126 members of Congress, has sent a letter to United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer expressing concern with a provision in the implementation of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The letter, organized by Congressman David Schweikert, Ariz.-06), Congressman Ron Kind, Wis.-03, Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Ore-03, and Congressman Vern Buchanan, Fla-13,…

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CCIA Asks Senate Judiciary To Extend And Strengthen USA FREEDOM Act Protections

Washington — The Senate Judiciary Committee holds its first hearing Wednesday on reauthorizing the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015. The Computer & Communications Industry Association is calling on senators to maintain due process and civil liberties protections for US citizens under current surveillance authority and to use this periodic reauthorization to re-evaluate whether the law…

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CCIA Identifies Trade Barriers For Internet and Technology Services to USTR

Washington — U.S. Internet and technology services are facing rising trade barriers around the world this part year from long-standing allies. The Computer & Communications Industry Association offered USTR examples of these new pressing digital trade barriers as part of trade officials’ annual request for comments. USTR will issue its National Trade Estimates (NTE) report…

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CCIA Welcomes Third Privacy Shield Review

Brussels, BELGIUM — Today, the European Commission issued its report following the third annual review of the Privacy Shield and recommends the continuation of the agreement on the transfer of commercial data between the EU and the United States. Privacy Shield allows almost 5,000 companies to transfer data across the Atlantic. This year’s review was…

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CCIA Delegation Visits Croatia, Publishes Recommendations To New EU leadership

Brussels, BELGIUM — As a new European Union leadership takes office, the Computer & Communications Industry Association offers recommendations on how technology can help solve Europe’s societal challenges. CCIA is leading a delegation of tech companies to meet senior officials and startups in Zagreb Thursday and Friday ahead of Croatia taking over the Presidency of…

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Industry Raises Concerns with Mexico Tax Plans

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association  joined 8 other associations in sending a letter to U.S. officials expressing concerns with Mexico’s plans to amend its taxation laws in a way that discriminates against foreign technology firms and departs from longstanding global principles.  U.S. officials should discourage Mexico from pursuing these legislative changes, and…

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CCIA Encouraged by Increasing Support For Federal Privacy Legislation

Washington – The New Democrat Coalition, representing more than 100 House Democrats, has announced support for federal privacy legislation introduced by Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, D-Wash. The bill would give consumers control over their personal information, empower the Federal Trade Commission with additional tools and resources to patrol online privacy practices, and ensure that individuals across…

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Tech Industry Offers Recommendations Ahead of G7 Summit

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association joined 14 other industry associations in releasing recommendations ahead of the G7 Leaders Summit taking place this weekend in Biarritz, Aquitaine, France.  Under France’s presidency of the G7, policymakers have met frequently over the past year at the various ministerial level meetings to discuss issues under the…

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CCIA Warns Section 230 Bill Sets Up Government Censorship Of Online Speech; Less Freedom For Internet Sites To Remove Extremist Content

Washington — Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., has introduced legislation that would give tech companies the option of either applying to the government for a license to remove particular content like hate speech — or take an entirely hands-off approach. The bill to remove Section 230 liability protections without a government license and scrutiny of a…

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Leading European Software Security Firm, Guardtime, Joins CCIA

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association welcomes Guardtime, it’s newest member in Europe. Guardtime is a technology company founded in Estonia and headquartered in Switzerland that has developed the KSI Blockchain technology stack. CCIA is an international nonprofit tech trade association that advocates for innovation and competitive conditions for the tech industry.…

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CCIA Applauds Sens. Markey, Cantwell, and Wyden for Pushing Senate Action on Net Neutrality

Washington — Today, Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) demanded that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell bring net neutrality legislation to the Senate floor for an immediate vote.  The Save the Internet Act passed the House of Representatives on a bipartisan vote two months ago, but so far, the…

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EU Ministers Approve Negotiating Mandates on Law Enforcement Access to Digital Evidence

Brussels, BELGIUM — Today, EU Justice Ministers adopted two negotiating mandates for bilateral and regional agreements to improve law enforcement access to e-evidence. The first negotiating mandate authorises the European Commission to enter into bilateral negotiations with the United States government to facilitate law enforcement access to digital evidence in criminal investigations on both sides…

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Tech Industry Offers Recommendations Ahead of G20 Trade & Digital Ministers Meeting

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association released a statement, along with other industry associations today, offering recommendations for the members of the G20 ahead of the G20 Digital Economy Ministerial taking place on June 8-9 in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan. For this year’s G20 Meeting of the Digital Economy Ministers, the Japanese Presidency focused…

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Tech Industry Offers Recommendations Ahead of G20 Trade & Digital Ministers Meeting

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association released a statement, along with other industry associations today, offering recommendations for the members of the G20 ahead of the G20 Digital Economy Ministerial taking place on June 8-9 in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan. For this year’s G20 Meeting of the Digital Economy Ministers, the Japanese Presidency focused…

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Mozilla Feature Diversifies Consumer Privacy Options Online

Washington — Mozilla announced in a blog post today an Enhanced Tracking Protection feature as a new default setting for its Firefox browser. This feature can block cookies other companies use to track users’ online behavior. The Computer & Communications Industry Association has long supported a regulatory environment that encourages diverse privacy models and competition.…

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EU Court Opinion Poses Questions About Platforms’ Monitoring And Removal Obligations

Brussels, BELGIUM — Advocate General Maciej Szpunar of the European Court of Justice today delivered his non-binding opinion in the case of whether the removal of illegal online content should apply beyond the borders of one country, and whether hosting service providers should proactively identify and remove similar content. The case involves a user registered…

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White House Reviewing Plan To End Visas For Spouses Of Highly Skilled Workers; CCIA Supports House Bill To Instead Protect Workers, Families

Washington – The Department of Homeland Security could publish its plan to ban on H-4 visas used by spouses of highly skilled workers as early as today. The White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs is currently reviewing the rule, and has until June 20 to do so. DHS announced last week it expected…

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CCIA Submits Online Advertising Comments To Spanish Competition Regulators

Brussels, BELGIUM — CCIA submitted comments to the Spanish Competition Authority (CNMC) today in response to its inquiry into online advertising. The filing offered information and statistics to show competition for consumer attention, and in turn, advertising revenue, remains fierce, and that new technologies on the horizon will continue to disrupt the advertising marketplace.

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EU and US Policy and Tech Leaders Discuss Tech Policy At CCIA’s Transatlantic Event

Washington — Senior U.S. government and EU officials and tech representatives discussed digital policy issues requiring cooperation like cybersecurity and online censorship at CCIA’s “Transatlantic Digital Economy 2019” event Thursday afternoon. Robert Strayer, Ambassador & Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber and International Communications and Information Policy for the U.S. Department of State and Roberto Viola,…

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FTC Wins Legal Case Against Qualcomm; CCIA Brief Supported FTC

Washington — The FTC has won its legal case against Qualcomm. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California found that Qualcomm’s licensing approach was anticompetitive.  Judge Koh’s order requires Qualcomm to license standard essential patents to other competitors, bars them from threatening to cut off chip supply, and bars them from requiring…

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WTO E-Commerce Negotiations Are Opportunity To Improve Digital Trade

Washington – Talks are set to take place this week in Geneva on the WTO e-commerce discussions. In January, over 70 WTO members announced their intent to move forward with negotiations on trade-related aspects of e-commerce. The Computer & Communications Industry Association has welcomed the initiative, joining a letter in January encourage parties to seek…

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CCIA Asks USTR To Delay Additional China Tariffs

Washington — Following the President’s direction over the weekend, the U.S. Trade Representative announced in today’s Federal Register that it will increase the tariffs from 10 percent to 25 percent on $200 billion in Chinese goods as of Friday due to reported Chinese backtracking on commitments. The Computer & Communications Industry Association has criticized China’s…

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CCIA expresses serious concerns with Russia law to control Internet

Washington — The Russian government has enacted legislation that will extend Russia’s authoritarian control of the Internet by taking steps to create a local Internet infrastructure, shutting out citizens from the rest of the online world.  CCIA has previously raised concerns regarding the steady rise in action by the Russia government to limit Internet freedom…

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CCIA Supports Bipartisan Effort to Analyze Economic Impact of Broadband

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association supports efforts in the House and Senate to encourage broadband deployment and measure its economic impact.  Today, Senator Amy Klobuchar, along with Senators Capito, Sullivan, Boozman, King, and Cortez Masto, reintroduced the “Measuring the Economic Impact of Broadband Act.” The bill would require the Commerce Department to…

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CCIA, Business Associations Send Letter to Congressional Leaders on Support for USMCA

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association joined a dozen associations in a letter to House and Senate leaders explaining their support for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement and asking them to approve the deal. The ITC released a report earlier this month on the projected economic impact of the new USMCA trade agreement, identifying…

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CCIA Asks PTO To Preserve Ability To Challenge Weak, Overly Broad Patents

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association has sent a letter to Patent and Trademark Office Director Iancu asking him not to implement new rules that would prevent challenges to weak or overly broad patents. Senators Coons and Tillis sent a letter to PTO Director Iancu expressing concern over so-called “serial” IPR petitions.  The…

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CCIA Welcomes U.S. ITC Report Observations on Digital Trade in USMCA

Washington — Today, the U.S. International Trade Commission delivered its long-awaited report to Congress on the projected economic impact of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). CCIA agrees with the ITC’s conclusions that the agreement will likely have a “significant, positive impact” on many U.S. industries that rely on digitally-enabled trade. The USMCA sets the standard for…

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European Parliament Adopts Position on Regulating Terrorist Content Online, Room For Further Improvements

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Parliament adopted today its position on the draft Regulation on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online. The text will form the basis of the European Parliament’s position in the final trilogue negotiations with the European Commission and the European Council. The draft Regulation was proposed by the European Commission…

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EU Copyright Directive: A Missed Opportunity for Europe

Brussels, BELGIUM — Today, EU Ministers endorsed the Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market, as adopted by the European Parliament on 26 March 2019. The Computer & Communications Industry Association supports copyright and more importantly the remuneration of creators. We believe the Directive is disproportionate and we have raised concerns about the proposed…

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CCIA Praises House Passage Of Its ‘Save the Internet’ Act

Washington — The House has passed a bill that would overturn the FCC’s repeal of nondiscrimination rules known as “net neutrality.” The “Save the Internet Act” reinstates the previous FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order, which set bright line rules against blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization of Internet traffic. The Computer & Communications Industry Association has…

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EU Expert Group Publishes Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence

The High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence (HLEG) today published its “Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy AI”. The expert group is comprised of 52 experts from academia, civil society and industry and was launched by the European Commission in June 2018 to support the implementation of the European strategy on Artificial Intelligence. The guidelines are split…

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‘Sky Is Rising’ Report Shows Entertainment Industry Growing In Revenue, More Diverse Offerings; Online Industry Helping Fuel It

Washington — A new economic study shows music, video, book and video game industries are all growing both in content being created — and consumed by fans. The Computer & Communications Industry Association released an updated study it commissioned, “The Sky is Rising,” co-authored by researcher Leigh Beadon and analyst and CEO of the Copia…

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European Parliament Committee Adopts Position on Regulating Terrorist Content Online

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) adopted its opinion on the draft Regulation on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online. The text will form the basis of the European Parliament’s position in the final trilogue negotiations with the European Commission and the European Council. The draft…

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House Energy & Commerce Approves Save the Internet Act

Washington — The House Energy & Commerce Committee has passed its“Save the Internet Act” that would overturn the FCC’s repeal of nondiscrimination rules known as “net neutrality.” The bill reinstates the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order, which set bright line rules against blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization of Internet traffic, and it was upheld by…

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House Energy & Commerce Approves Save the Internet Act

Washington — The House Energy & Commerce Committee has passed its“Save the Internet Act” that would overturn the FCC’s repeal of nondiscrimination rules known as “net neutrality.” The bill reinstates the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order, which set bright line rules against blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization of Internet traffic, and it was upheld by…

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CCIA Welcomes Congressional Calls to Treat Digital Services Tax Proposals As Trade Barriers

Washington — Today, Republicans of the House Ways & Means Committee sent a letter to the White House expressing serious concerns regarding France’s and other EU countries’ proposals for a digital services tax. The letter encourages the Administration to “use all appropriate tools to address this issue” and treat the proposed tax as a barrier…

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USTR Highlights Digital Trade Barriers Including Digital Taxes and Data Localization

Washington — The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative released its annual report Friday documenting prominent trade barriers around the world. USTR identifies a number of key barriers for Internet firms exporting services around the world that the Computer & Communications Industry Association highlighted in its own comments submitted last fall. These include a rise…

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CCIA Expresses Concerns About India’s Proposed E-Commerce Framework

Washington — India’s Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade solicited input on  its draft national E-Commerce Framework. In comments ahead of the Friday deadline, the Computer & Communications Industry Association noted India’s ambitious goals to further develop a vibrant, competitive digital economy, but expressed concern that the draft policy proposes a number of…

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ITC Finds Qualcomm Patent Claim Is Invalid In Its Request To Block Some iPhones

Washington — The International Trade Commission has declined to block some iPhones from the US market over a questionable patent dispute from Qualcomm, saying today the claim was invalid. The Computer & Communications Industry Association had filed comments last month agreeing with Administrative Law Judge Pender that such a claim by Qualcomm was not in…

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EU Copyright Directive: A Missed Opportunity for Europe

Brussels, BELGIUM — Today, the European Parliament adopted the Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market. The Computer & Communications Industry Association supports copyright and more importantly the remuneration of creators. We believe the Directive is disproportionate and we have raised concerns about the proposed neighbouring right for press publishers (Article 11, now Article…

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CCIA Encourages House To Approve Save the Internet Act At Upcoming Markup

Washington — As a House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee takes a key step in marking up Chairman Mike Doyle’s (D-PA) Save the Internet Act on Tuesday, the Computer & Communications Industry Association urges lawmakers to finally restore strong, nondiscrimination rules for internet access. Despite widespread support for the Save the Internet Act among businesses, civil…

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Stakeholders To MEPs: EU Terrorist Content Regulation Must Comply With Fundamental Rights.

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association joined 8 other business and civil society groups in a letter to Members of the European Parliament expressing concerns about the proposal on the dissemination of terrorist content online. This proposal could have a negative impact on European citizens’ fundamental rights and on hosting service providers…

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CCIA Calls On Congress To Support “Save the Internet Act”

Washington — House and Senate leaders have announced their “Save the Internet Act” to overturn the FCC’s repeal of nondiscrimination rules known as net neutrality. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is expected to rule whether it was legal for the FCC to abdicate its role in protecting consumers’ internet…

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French digital tax proposal risks harming French startups, investments and consumers prices

Brussels, BELGIUM — Today the French government announced its proposal for a national digital service tax. If approved by the French Parliament, the law could enter into force retroactively from January 1, 2019. The proposed 3% turnover tax is targeted at companies with certain digital business models and revenues above €750m globally and €25m in…

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CCIA To Testify At USTR’s Special 301 Hearing

Washington — Computer & Communications Industry Association Vice President Matt Schruers will testify at a USTR hearing today on what should be included in its annual report on other countries’ IP policies that present market access barriers to US industries. CCIA filed comments with USTR earlier this month noting that Europe is poised to enact…

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CCIA, Business Groups Send Letter To President About Cost Of High China Tariffs

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association joined other companies and industry groups in an Americans for Free Trade letter to President Trump about U.S. trade with China. Industry supports the Administration’s decision to delay the increase in tariffs and expressed hope for a deal soon that removes remaining tariffs.

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CCIA Offers Privacy Recommendations For House Committee Hearing

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association submitted a letter to House Energy and Commerce’s Consumer Protection Subcommittee ahead of its hearing on “Protecting Consumer Privacy in the Era of Big Data.” CCIA also offered the committee a survey of industry views, highlighting consensus among various privacy proposals. CCIA said the FTC should be…

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CCIA Asks Supreme Court To Hear Case On Whether A Company Can Claim Copyright On Code That Allows Programs To Communicate

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association has filed an amicus brief today asking the Supreme Court to take up a case on whether copyright may be used to prevent software programs from communicating with one another. The case between Oracle and Google has been going on for nearly a decade. CCIA argues that…

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EU Negotiators Reach Agreement On Platform Regulation Proposal

Brussels, BELGIUM — Negotiators from the European Parliament, Council of the EU and the European Commission this morning reached a political agreement on the so-called ‘Platform-to-Business’ Regulation (P2B). The compromise text will now have to be formally approved by the European Parliament and EU Member States in coming weeks. The initial purpose of the P2B…

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EU copyright deal will harm European online innovation and online rights

Brussels, BELGIUM —  Negotiators from the European Parliament, European Council and the European Commission this evening reached a political agreement to overhaul the EU’s copyright rules. The compromise text will now have to be formally approved by the European Parliament and EU Member States in coming months. The Computer & Communications Industry Association, public interest…

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House Committee Discusses Net Neutrality; CCIA Supports Strong, Enforceable Open Internet Rules

Washington — Two former FCC chairs appeared before the House Energy and Commerce Committee today to testify on the FCC’s repeal of its 2015 net neutrality rules. The Committee discussed the importance of nondiscrimination and internet access and what Congress should do in terms of legislation. Over the past decade, the Computer & Communications Industry…

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Industry groups express concerns with EU 'Goods Package'

This week, CCIA and other industry groups, expressed concerns with the ongoing negotiations on the draft EU regulation on compliance and enforcement. While we support attempts to combat unsafe products and strengthen the system of market surveillance in Europe, we worry that various amendments will undermine consumer safety, overburden authorities, and strengthen the position of…

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Industry groups express concerns with EU ‘Goods Package’

This week, CCIA and other industry groups, expressed concerns with the ongoing negotiations on the draft EU regulation on compliance and enforcement. While we support attempts to combat unsafe products and strengthen the system of market surveillance in Europe, we worry that various amendments will undermine consumer safety, overburden authorities, and strengthen the position of…

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CCIA Files ITC Comments Asking It Not To Ban iPhones In Response To Qualcomm Patent Dispute

Washington — As Qualcomm pressures the International Trade Commission to block some iPhones over a questionable patent dispute, the Computer & Communications Industry Association filed comments today saying Administrative Law Judge Pender was right that such action is not in the public interest. CCIA said that if the ITC issued an order barring the import…

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CCIA Asks USTR To Note, Fight Growing Copyright Trade Violations In Annual Report

Washington — With Europe poised to enact additional copyright policies that will likely have significant negative consequences for the digital economy, the Computer & Communications Industry Association submitted examples of resulting problems to the United States Trade Representative. In comments filed ahead of the Thursday deadline, CCIA is asking USTR to note in the upcoming…

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FCC Faces Tough Questions Defending Its Actions Rescinding Open Internet Protections

Washington — Before the DC Circuit Court of Appeals today, the FCC struggled to defend its order that rescinded net neutrality rules. Three Appeals Court judges will decide whether the FCC’s actions to abdicate its role in protecting consumers were legal. The Computer & Communications Industry Association, along with the Entertainment Software Association, Internet Association,…

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DC Circuit Appeals Court To Hear Net Neutrality Case Friday

Washington — For the fourth time in nine years, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals will revisit the issue of net neutrality when it will hear Mozilla’s challenge to the FCC’s order that rescinded nondiscrimination rules online. The internet has operated under so-called net neutrality principles since its inception, but the legal framework behind it…

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CCIA Joins Letter Asking WTO To Continue Progress On E-Commerce Framework

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association joined organizations representing global companies and entrepreneurs in a letter  urging the World Trade Organization to continue its progress on its ambitious e-commerce framework. The letter notes it is up to countries to clarify and improve the existing framework “around trade facilitation, services, digital trade, transparency and…

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Two Developments For Privacy Shield Program For EU-US Data Transfers

Brussels/Washington D.C. — European national data protection authorities today published their non-binding opinion on the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework for commercial data transfers. The opinion acknowledges recent improvements of the transatlantic data framework, but also point to concerns. Today’s report comes a month after the European Commission concluded that Privacy Shield “continues to ensure an…

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CCIA Asks BIS About Scope Of Potential Export Controls

Washington — In comments filed with the Bureau of Industry Security Thursday, the Computer & Communications Industry Association offered recommendations regarding the export control process for “emerging technologies.” CCIA also asked BIS to continue consulting with industry as it develops its export control process for “emerging technologies”, noting that a poorly executed export control regime…

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Advocate General Takes Balanced Approach in EU Web Delisting Case

Brussels — Today, the EU Court of Justice published a non-binding opinion from Advocate General Maciej Szpunar in which he argues that removed access to delisted web links (or URLs) from search engines should not apply worldwide, but instead be limited to searches made in the EU. The ongoing proceedings follows a referral from the…

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CCIA Asks USTR To Prioritize Digital Trade As Barriers To European Markets Grow

Washington — As trade barriers with the European Union grow, the Computer & Communications Industry Association offered comments to USTR on priorities for a potential trade agreement with the EU. CCIA welcomes the prospect of a holistic trade agreement with the EU to further the strong transatlantic relationship and encouraged USTR to use its achievements…

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E-Evidence: CCIA Calls on European Parliament to Ensure a Balanced Approach

Brussels, BELGIUM – European Justice Ministers today adopted a general approach on the draft EU e-Evidence Regulation. The text amends a Commission proposal that would allow national law enforcement authorities to directly request individuals’ data from most digital service providers during criminal proceedings. It also obliges service providers to supply the requested data within 10…

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CCIA Urges European Parliament to Take Effective, Proportionate Approach to Tackle Terrorist Content Online

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Council adopted a general approach on the draft Regulation on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online today. This agreement importantly includes an obligation for all hosting service providers, big or small, to remove terrorist content within one hour from receiving a removal order from authorities. The European Parliament will…

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European Parliament Committee Adopts Position on ‘Platform-to-Business’ Regulation

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO) adopted its draft report on the ‘platform-to-business’ Regulation. The text will form the basis of the European Parliament’s position in the upcoming trilogue negotiations with the European Commission and Council. The Council reached political agreement on the file at the end of…

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New EU Digital Tax Proposal Raises New Concerns, Broad Support for Global Reform

Brussels, BELGIUM — European Finance Ministers were unable to decide on the EU Digital Services tax (DST) proposal at today’s Economic and Financial Affairs Council meeting due to a last-minute French-German compromise text. The new text would limit the tax to advertisement activities and would allow Member States to introduce a broader tax base in…

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CCIA, Tech Trade Associations Raise Concerns About Europe’s Terrorist Content Online Proposal

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association along with 8 other tech trade associations today sent an open letter to European Ministers of Justice and Home Affairs. The letter urges the European Council to take the necessary time to thoughtfully address outstanding concerns in the draft Regulation on preventing the dissemination of terrorist…

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