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 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 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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European Finance Ministers Should Focus on Global Tax Reform, Not Unilateral Actions

Brussels, BELGIUM — European Finance Ministers are meeting in Brussels tomorrow, Tuesday, for the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) meeting where they will consider the EU Digital Services Tax (DST) proposal.  The DST would levy a 3% tax on certain so-called digital companies’ turnover.  It would apply from January 2022. G20 leaders this weekend…

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CCIA Appreciates FCC Forum on AI and Machine Learning

Washington, D.C. — The FCC is hosting a Forum on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning Friday. The Forum will feature demonstrations from companies developing new applications for these technologies and panels of experts, who will discuss their impact on communications networks. The Computer & Communications Industry Association represents a wide range of companies in…

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G-20 Summit Offers Opportunities To De-Escalate Tensions

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association calls on U.S. officials to use the upcoming Group of 20 Summit to improve relations and reduce tensions with trade partners. Leaders of the world’s biggest economies will be meeting Friday and Saturday in Argentina to discuss a range of economic issues. Officials should take heed of…

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EU Member States Reach Political Agreement on the ‘Platform-to-Business’ Regulation

Brussels, BELGIUM —  Today EU Member States reached a political agreement on the Council’s position on the ‘platform-to-business’ (P2B) Regulation. The adoption of the so-called ‘general approach’ is the first key step towards the final negotiation and adoption of the Regulation by Council and the European Parliament. The European Parliament has yet to adopt its…

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CCIA Submits Comments On Copyright Directive To EU Institutions

Brussels, BELGIUM — CCIA and trade associations from across the EU submitted comments on the copyright Directive proposal to EU institutions, to highlight some key nuances, which we believe should be taken into account for any final compromise text to be workable in practice. The joint letter asks that publishers be able to chose whether their content…

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CCIA Responds To FCC Arguments on Abdicating its Duty to Protect Net Neutrality

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association, along with the Entertainment Software Association, Internet Association, and the Writers Guild of America, West, asked the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to rescind an FCC Order that removed enforcement of net neutrality, nondiscrimination rules. CCIA and its partners filed a reply brief Thursday saying the FCC,…

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CCIA Supports Lee and Markey Bipartisan Bill to Evaluate Government-Held Spectrum

Washington — Senators Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) have introduced bipartisan legislation to better account for the resource fueling internet access — broadband spectrum. The bill requires that every year the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, along with the FCC and Office of Management and Budget, would have to determine the commercial value…

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Tech Industry Letter to USTR Regarding De Minimis in USMCA

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

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CCIA Submits Privacy Principles, Comments to NTIA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CCIA Welcomes EU-US Privacy Shield Review

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

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

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

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CCIA Testifies Before House Judiciary On Copyright Small Claims Enforcement Act

Washington — The House Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing this afternoon on its proposed copyright small claims bill ahead of an expected vote. Matt Schruers, Vice President of Law and Policy for the Computer & Communications Industry Association is testifying at the hearing on the “Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2017.” Schruers…

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FCC Votes to Lower Costs and Speed Up Small Cell Deployments

Washington — Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to reduce costs and speed up the deployment of small cells. Next generation “5G” technologies will require greater densification of networks to increase performance. Small cells will play a key role, and the FCC’s order will harmonize shot clocks for small wireless facility collocations at sixty days…

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Music Modernization Act Unanimously Passes House, Senate

Washington — Congress has passed legislation that updates music licensing rights for the digital age. The House and Senate have now passed the Music Modernization Act. The Computer & Communications Industry Association has supported balanced copyright policies and a competitive, modernized music licensing system fit for the digital age for more than 20 years. The…

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CCIA Welcomes Parallel NTIA and NIST Privacy Initiatives

Washington — The Commerce Department is asking stakeholders for input on privacy. NTIA published a request for comments in the Federal Register today on “ways to advance consumer privacy while protecting prosperity and innovation.” NTIA has proposed a set of privacy principles and outcomes for consumers and industry, along with high-level goals for future privacy…

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CCIA, Industry Stakeholders File Amicus Supporting FTC in Qualcomm Patent Case

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association joined the App Association in an amicus brief supporting the FTC’s motion in a US District Court case involving Qualcomm’s patent licensing practices. The brief filed by stakeholders that represent both patent holders and licensees expressed the need to ensure Qualcomm, as the holder of standard essential…

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CCIA Welcomes New Member McAfee

Brussels, BELGIUM  — McAfee, Inc. has joined the Computer & Communications Industry Association. The global company provides comprehensive cyber security solutions to secure customers’ computers, networks and cloud usage from viruses, malware and other security threats. McAfee is the latest company to join CCIA Europe. In June, Zebra Technologies and Samsung Electronics joined our association.…

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FTC Hearings On Competition, Consumer Protection Begin This Week After CCIA, Stakeholder Input

Washington — -The Federal Trade Commission begins a series of hearings Thursday on “Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century.” CCIA welcomes the opportunity to be involved in substantive discussions on this topic. This first hearing will examine competition in the economy and the consumer welfare standard that has been the test for when…

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CCIA Regrets EU Copyright Vote, Calls For A Balanced Outcome in Final Negotiations

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association regrets the European Parliament’s decision today to adopt upload filters for a broad range of online platforms and to introduce the so-called ‘right for press publishers.’   CCIA Europe, along with hundreds of academics, civil rights groups and the online sector, has long advocated against these…

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EU Terrorist Content Proposal, Good Intentions But Risks To Online Rights And Europe’s Tech Sector

Brussels, BELGIUM — Today the European Commission presented its proposal for a regulation on ‘preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online.’ This proposal puts a range of new obligations on online companies which will disproportionately burden smaller European firms. The Computer & Communications Industry Association supports the EU’s goal of tackling terrorist content online.Hosting services…

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Copyright: MEPs Voss, Cavada and cross-party group of 50 MEPs’ amendments (239-250-251) endanger open online platforms

Last July, a majority of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) rejected the draconian provisions of the copyright directive. Tomorrow the plenary will vote on a new version of the directive. Proposed amendments to the copyright directive from rapporteur Axel Voss and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats continue to present a threat to the…

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CCIA Offers Court Arguments To Restore Net Neutrality

Washington — As part of an ongoing court case to restore net neutrality, the Computer & Communications Industry Association has filed an intervenor brief in Mozilla Corporation v. Federal Communications Commission. The brief CCIA filed, along with the Entertainment Software Association, Internet Association and the Writers Guild of America West, argues that the FCC, under…

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CCIA Files Comments Ahead Of FTC Hearings

Washington –The Federal Trade Commission has asked for public comments on a variety of competition and consumer protection-related issues. The topics range from antitrust enforcement in the digital age to big data and privacy to how intellectual property can promote innovation. The request for information proceeds a series of hearings the Commission plans this fall,…

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Tech Industry Offers Recommendations Ahead of G20 Digital Economy Ministerial

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association released a statement, along with 10 other industry associations today, offering recommendations for the members of the G20 ahead of the G20 Digital Economy Ministerial taking place on August 23-24 in Argentina.   The Argentinian Presidency of the G20 set ambitious goals for discussions on the digital…

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FCC Proposal Will Speed Up High-Speed Broadband Deployment

Washington — The FCC voted today to approve a proposal by Chairman Pai to better enable broadband buildout.  The One Touch Make Ready (OTMR) proposal would reduce costs and cut down on timelines for deploying high-speed networks.   The Computer & Communications Industry Association, an international tech trade association representing a diverse group of tech…

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CCIA Files Comments With NTIA On International Internet Policy Priorities

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association praised the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) for its interest in prioritizing work on international internet issues in comments filed today. CCIA’s comments focused on how the US government could best promote the internet as a platform for free expression and commerce. CCIA recommended that NTIA…

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CCIA Praises Congressman Coffman for Introducing Net Neutrality Bill and Supporting CRA

Washington, D.C. — This morning, Congressman Mike Coffman (R-CO), announced that he will introduce a comprehensive piece of legislation to restore net neutrality.  Coffman also announced his support for the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to reverse the FCC’s misguided action from last year that eliminated its Internet nondiscrimination rules known as “net neutrality.”  In May,…

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EU and Japan adopt data flow deal, will they now fight against forced data localisation globally?

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Union and Japan today recognised each others’ data protection systems to allow the free flow of data between their economies. The agreement is linked to the major trade agreement signed today, the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement.  The EPA unfortunately addresses only few barriers to digital trade.  On data flows the…

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European Parliament Vote Calls For Better Handling Of Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities

Brussels — Today, the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) adopted its report on the proposed EU Cybersecurity Act. The report includes provisions to  improve how EU Member States manage cybersecurity vulnerabilities to avoid large-scale exploitation of software vulnerabilities as seen during the “WannaCry” attack.  Negotiations between the European Parliament, Council and Commission…

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MEPs Call For Changes To Privacy Shield, Threaten Suspension

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Parliament today passed a non-binding resolution calling for the suspension of the EU-US Privacy Shield framework by September 1, unless several improvements are made. The European Commission and the U.S. Administration will formally review the enforcement of the Privacy Shield in September. The Computer & Communications Industry Association has been…

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European Parliament Rejects Copyright Mandate

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Members of the European Parliament today voted to reject the introduction of a press publishers’ right in Europe (the so-called “link tax”) and of content filtering mechanisms across a broad range of online services. Negotiations within the Parliament will now continue. The Computer & Communications Industry Association, along with hundreds of…

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CCIA Welcomes Music Modernization Act Markup In Senate

Washington — The Senate Judiciary Committee plans to mark up the Music Modernization Act Thursday. The bill would update the licensing of music rights for the digital age. Senators are also considering provisions to ensure Congressional oversight if the Justice Department terminates long-standing consent decrees that aim to keep anti-competitive practices in the music sector…

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CCIA Encourages House E&C To Reauthorize NTIA, Promote Spectrum, Competition

Washington — The House Energy & Commerce Committee is meeting today (Tuesday) to consider the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Reauthorization Act. The following can be attributed to Computer & Communications Industry Association President & CEO Ed Black: “CCIA welcomes the Energy & Commerce Committee’s plans to reauthorize the NTIA, which has not been…

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CCIA Encourages House E&C To Reauthorize NTIA, Promote Spectrum, Competition

Washington — The House Energy & Commerce Committee is meeting today (Tuesday) to consider the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Reauthorization Act. The following can be attributed to Computer & Communications Industry Association President & CEO Ed Black: “CCIA welcomes the Energy & Commerce Committee’s plans to reauthorize the NTIA, which has not been…

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Supreme Court Rules That Cell Site Location Information Has Fourth Amendment Protection

Washington — Law enforcement cannot access a criminal suspect’s cell site location information without a warrant based on probable cause, according to a Supreme Court ruling today. Carpenter v. United States examined whether the warrantless seizure and search of historical cellphone records, revealing the location and movements of a cell phone user over the course…

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Supreme Court Opens Floodgates to Internet Extraterritorial Taxation in 5-4 Vote

Washington — The Supreme Court has issued a ruling permitting states to tax e-commerce providers outside their own borders. The case, pitting South Dakota against Wayfair, Overstock.com, and Newegg, was a closely watched dispute over whether these companies would have to collect taxes based on the hundreds of jurisdictions where their customers might live. While…

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CCIA Welcomes Political Agreement on the Free Flow of Data in the EU

Brussels — A political agreement was achieved late today on the legislative proposal on the free flow of non-personal data in the EU.  The European Parliament and the Council is expected to officially approve the agreed text in coming weeks after which the Regulation will become EU law. The European Commission presented its proposal for…

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CCIA Supports Encrypt Act

Washington — Representatives Ted Lieu, D-Calif., Mike Bishop, R-Mich, Suzan DelBene, D-Wa., and Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, have reintroduced the ENCRYPT Act. The bill would prevent states from mandating or requesting weakened encryption, backdoors, or decryption from manufacturers and providers of consumer Internet devices and services. The Computer & Communications Industry Association, which represents device makers,…

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Data flows in the EU: CCIA welcomes European Parliament vote, urges fast and ambitious final adoption

Brussels — The European Parliament’s Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection  today voted through the legislative proposal on the free flow of non-personal data in the EU.  The committee vote gives the Parliament mandate to start negotiations with the European Council with possibly final adoption of the legislation as early as this month. EU…

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In Whitepaper For DOJ, CCIA, Associations Outline Competition Issues For Standard Essential Patents, Importance Of Preventing Abuse

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association and five other trade associations submitted a white paper to the Department of Justice Wednesday in response to recent comments on antitrust law and standard setting. The goal was to offer Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust Makan Delrahim and other DOJ staffers our insight and experiences confirming…

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EU Countries’ Adopted Position on Copyright Will Hurt Internet Users and Digital Sector

Brussels — European Member States agreed today on a mandate to negotiate with the European Parliament on the proposed Directive for copyright in the digital single market. The adopted text will cause irreparable damages to Europe’s fundamental rights, economy, competitiveness, education, research, innovation and creativity. Despite overwhelming evidence that the creation of a neighbouring right…

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CCIA’s Response To Anti-Facebook Ad Campaign

Washington — Several groups have launched a six figure ad campaign to put political pressure on the FTC to break up Facebook.  These groups, however, fail to identify the competition harm that such an action would remedy, putting the cart before the horse.   The Computer & Communications Industry Association has supported antitrust investigations and…

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CCIA Welcomes Secure Data Act of 2018

Washington — Representatives Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., Jerrold Nadler, D-NY, Ted Lieu, D-Calif., Thomas Massie, R-Ky., Ted Poe, R-Tex., and Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., are introducing an updated version of bipartisan legislation to bolster cybersecurity today. The Secure Data Act of 2018 would prohibit the government from mandating companies build backdoors into encrypted products or services. The…

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CCIA Calls For In Depth Investigation Of Proposed Merger Of T-Mobile And Sprint

Washington — Sprint and T-Mobile announced plans to merge Sunday. The third and fourth largest mobile phone carriers said the merger would help them compete with the two largest companies AT&T and Verizon. The Computer & Communications Industry Association has been a voice for greater competition within the technology industry since it was founded in…

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European Commission Proposes Plan To Tackle Disinformation Online

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission has released its Communication on “Tackling online disinformation,” aimed at improving information transparency, diversity and credibility through inclusive solutions. The Computer & Communications Industry Association welcomes the multi-stakeholder approach chosen by the Commission, which we believe appropriately addresses this complicated issue. The Commission specifically wants to develop an EU-wide…

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European Commission Proposes New Regulation On Platform-to-Business Relations

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission today presented a new proposal for a Regulation affecting many online platforms and search engines. The proposed Regulation on “promoting fairness and transparency for business users of intermediation services” will require online intermediation services to offer business customers using these services more transparency on terms and conditions, rankings and…

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Universities, Journalists, Digital Rights Groups and Tech Sector Warn of Disastrous Consequences of Copyright Directive, Ask EU Member States to Continue Technical Discussions

Brussels, BELGIUM — More than 145 universities, libraries, human rights, media freedom, technology businesses and digital rights groups sent an open letter Thursday. The letter asked EU Member States not to grant a mandate to the Bulgarian Council Presidency to negotiate with the Parliament on the copyright reform before addressing the damages that proposal would…

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CCIA Welcomes EU’s Positive Approach to Artificial Intelligence

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission published today a Communication on “Maximising the Benefits of Artificial Intelligence for Europe”, aimed at boosting Europe’s technology and industrial capacity, preparing for socio-economic changes and ensuring an appropriate ethical and legal framework. Among many different initiatives, the Commission intends to reinforce the support for research and innovation in…

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CCIA Welcomes Objectives of EU E-Evidence Proposals, Encourages Further Improvements

Brussels, Belgium – The European Commission today issued its package to improve cross-border access to electronic evidence. The package includes two legislative proposals, including a “Regulation on cross-border access to e-Evidence” and a “Directive on appointing a Legal Representative”. The proposals require online service providers to respond to data production and preservation orders issued by…

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CCIA Supports Music Modernization Act Scheduled For Markup

Washington — The House Judiciary Committee convenes on Wednesday to mark up legislation that will significantly change the regulation of online music. Included among the bills that the Committee plans to mark up is the Music Modernization Act, which aims to modernize the licensing of digital music rights. The legislation also includes titles which partially…

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European High Court Issues Ruling Impacting Digital Single Market, EU Member States

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) has ruled on the question of whether France needed to notify the European Commission before passing a law impacting Europe’s Digital Single Market (DSM). Under EU rules, Member States must communicate to the Commission any draft technical regulations that relate to the taking-up or…

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CCIA welcomes OECD’s report, warns against unilateral EU digital tax

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released its “Interim Report on Tax Challenges Arising from Digitalisation” this afternoon. The report will be discussed at the G20 Meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors starting Monday in Buenos Aires. The OECD report touches on the European Commission’s proposals on digital…

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New EU Recommendation on Illegal Content Online Undermines Online Rights and Harms Europe’s Tech Economy

Brussels — The European Commission has published a Recommendation on measures to effectively tackle illegal content online today. The Recommendation was presented despite the Commission’s commitment to continue its dialogue with relevant stakeholders until at least May 2018 and without reference to any major incidents justifying such a hurry. While not legally binding, this Recommendation…

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CCIA Supports Net Neutrality Action Day; Readies To Appeal FCC Order In Court

Washington — The tech industry joined public interest groups as part of a Net Neutrality Day of Action Tuesday, calling on Senators to reverse the FCC’s Order that rescinded net neutrality protections. The Senate needs one more vote to invoke the Congressional Review Act, which could undo the recent FCC Order that overturned the strong…

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CCIA Cautions Congress About Altering Internet Liability Rules

Washington — As Congress works to reduce human trafficking, the House is making additional changes that are expected to ensnare legitimate tech companies, with no evidence this plan would actually help stop trafficking. An amended bill that may rescind critical intermediary protections for internet companies is expected to get a House vote early next week.…

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CCIA To Intervene In Upcoming Court Case To Preserve Net Neutrality

Washington — The tech industry will be intervening in the upcoming effort to appeal the FCC’s recent reversal of its 2015 Open Internet rules that protected net neutrality. While public interest groups have expressed concern about the impact on consumers, today the Computer & Communications Industry Association said the FCC’s action would give a couple…

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Tech and Rights Groups urge European Commission to consult stakeholders on illegal content

Brussels – Today, ten organisations representing digital rights groups, startups, Internet and technology businesses are asking the European Commission to uphold its commitment to consult stakeholders before issuing recommendations on removing illegal content online. Despite the European Commission’s commitment to continue its dialogue with stakeholders on online infringing content until at least May 2018, it…

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CCIA Asks USTR To Confront Discriminatory Copyright Regulations In Its Annual Trade Report

Washington – With Europe and other trading partners passing or considering regulations that violate US trade agreements and international copyright norms, the Computer & Communications Industry Association offered examples Thursday to USTR and asked trade officials to note and fight these trade barriers. CCIA told USTR that US tech companies are facing barriers from countries…

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CCIA hosts Transatlantic Digital Economy Dialogue ahead of EU-US regulatory talks

On the eve of the EU-U.S. Information Society Dialogue, CCIA hosted the third edition of our Transatlantic Digital Economy Dialogue in Brussels on January 31. Speakers included Roberto Viola (Director-General, European Commission), Robert L. Strayer, (Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of State) and Brendan Carr (Commissioner, FCC). American and European experts from industry, academia, civil…

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Congress Needs To Offer A Boost For 5G; CCIA Offers 6 Principles For A Broadband Buildout Bill

Washington — On Tuesday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee is expected to discuss almost two dozen broadband infrastructure bills aimed at laying the groundwork for 5G deployment and higher speed internet access. The Computer & Communications Industry Association has long supported the removal of regulatory barriers to broadband deployment and supports many of the…

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CCIA Sponsored Event: Content Moderation & Removal at Scale

CCIA invites you to join us for “Content Moderation & Removal at Scale”, a full-day conference we are co-sponsoring at Santa Clara University on Friday, February 2. The event will explore how Internet companies operationalize the moderation and removal of third party/user-generated content (UGC). UGC services routinely say that moderating and removing content is hard…

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CCIA Sponsored Event: Content Moderation & Removal at Scale

CCIA invites you to join us for “Content Moderation & Removal at Scale”, a full-day conference we are co-sponsoring at Santa Clara University on Friday, February 2. The event will explore how Internet companies operationalize the moderation and removal of third party/user-generated content (UGC). UGC services routinely say that moderating and removing content is hard…

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European High Court Issues Ruling On Uber Case Expected To Impact Digital Single Market

Brussels, BELGIUM —  The Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) has issued a long awaited ruling that could have a broad impact in shaping Europe’s digital economy. The CJEU ruled today that Uber is a transport company rather than a digital platform that connects riders with drivers. The case could impact how technology companies…

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FCC Votes To Rescind Open Internet Order, Declaring Open Season for Online Discrimination

Washington — The FCC voted 3-2 along party lines to remove rules that have protected consumers’ and businesses’ internet access. While the exact rules have changed over the years as internet technology evolved, the principles of nondiscrimination and preventing a big Internet Service Provider from blocking or throttling internet traffic, known as net neutrality, have…

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CCIA Appeals To ITC To Reject Qualcomm’s Request To Ban Apple iPhones

Washington —  Qualcomm is asking the International Trade Commission to block Apple devices from reaching the market, and the ITC is considering comments on how to handle this import ban request. Today the Computer & Communications Industry Association asked the ITC to reject Qualcomm’s request to ban the sale of Apple mobile devices that don’t…

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CCIA Supports House Amendment Providing Additional Tools to Fight Sex Trafficking

Washington — At a markup Tuesday morning, House Judiciary committee leadership is expected to introduce an amendment to H.R. 1865, the “Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017.” The amendment would provide additional tools to target criminals engaged in sex trafficking and ensure that companies that collaborate in these actions…

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Court of Justice of the EU Delivers Judgment In Coty Germany Case on Online Marketplace Bans

Brussels, BELGIUM —  The Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) delivered its judgment in the Coty Germany case (Case C-230/16). The case deals with contractual provisions a producer of luxury cosmetics imposed on his authorized retailer, prohibiting the latter the sale of products on open online marketplaces. The key question in this case is…

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CCIA Opposes FISA Reauthorization Amendments Act

Washington — Today, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence marked up and favorably reported out the FISA Reauthorization Amendments Act, H.R. 4478, which is meant to reauthorize Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The Computer & Communications Industry Association opposes the legislation as reported out by the committee. The FISA Reauthorization Amendments…

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CCIA, Over 80 Organizations Warn of Irreparable Damage to be Caused by Copyright Directive

Brussels — Over 80 organisations, including the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA), warn EU Countries in a short statement that current negotiations on the proposal for a Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market are on the verge of causing irreparable damage to Europe’s fundamental rights, economy, competitiveness, education, research, innovation, creativity and…

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EU Commission Publishes Communication on the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights

Brussels — The European Commission has published a Communication today, providing guidance on the enforcement of intellectual property rights online and offline across the European Union. With this Communication, the European Commission clarifies its views in a balanced manner on some provisions of the Directive 2004/48/EC on the enforcement of intellectual property rights (“IPRED”) interpreted…

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Does Competition Law Need an Update for Online Markets? Hot Topics, Trends and Perspectives in Competition Policy

On November 30, CCIA, the European Competition and Regulatory Law Review (CoRe) and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) will host a joint conference discussing some of today’s most frequently asked questions: Does competition law enforcement require an update for online markets? How well does enforcement work in internet markets and is there a need to get better at factoring…

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CCIA Announces New Hires In Washington and Brussels Offices

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association is announcing new hires  in both its DC and Brussels Offices. Alexandre Roure starts Monday, November 27th in CCIA’s Brussels office, as Senior Manager, Public Policy, and Rachael Stelly recently joined CCIA’s Washington office as Policy Manager. Roure will be managing CCIA advocacy in Europe on data…

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FCC Chairman Proposes Getting Rid Of Open Internet Rules

Washington — As Americans across the country prepare to bow their heads and give thanks, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai issued a proposal Wednesday that bows to the biggest Internet Service Providers. Pai’s proposed Report and Order eliminates the FCC’s net neutrality rules and gives the Federal Trade Commission the leftovers when Big ISPs start blocking,…

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Pai To Serve Up Half-Baked Proposal Wednesday To Repeal Net Neutrality – Not Humble Pie

Washington — FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced Tuesday that he would release his proposal Wednesday to rescind rules that prevent Internet Service Providers from blocking, slowing down or speeding up traffic to certain websites. The internet has flourished under principles known as “net neutrality,” which have prevented discrimination and promoted entrepreneurship and smaller websites by…

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CCIA Welcomes the Civil Liberties Committee’s Opinion on the Copyright Directive

Brussels, BELGIUM — In September 2016, the European Commission published its proposal for a Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (the “Copyright Proposal”). This proposal implements filtering systems for user-uploaded content and undermine the liability regime of Internet intermediaries, legal backbone of the European digital sector. This proposal has recently been condemned without…

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EU Ministers Recognise Importance of Encryption to Ensure Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

Brussels, BELGIUM — The General Affairs Council today adopted Conclusions calling for the strengthening of European cybersecurity across the EU.  Importantly, the Conclusions confirm “that strong and trusted encryption is highly important for properly ensuring human rights and fundamental freedoms in EU and for public trust in the Digital Single Market.”  However, they also note…

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CCIA Comments On FCC’s Mid-Band Spectrum Inquiry

Washington — As the FCC expands its efforts to facilitate the most efficient and effective means of deploying broadband technologies, the Computer & Communications Industry Association filed comments today saying this mid-band spectrum is well suited to meet the demands for next generation wireless broadband. In its filing, CCIA said the FCC “should promote flexible…

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CCIA Files Comments To FEC On Online Ad Inquiry

Washington — In comments filed with the Federal Election Commission today, the Computer & Communications Industry Association said both the association and its members are committed to ensuring transparency for political ads on online platforms. The FEC had asked for comments by tonight on how its disclaimer requirements are applied to online communications  . CCIA’s…

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CCIA Partners with Council of Europe To Promote Human Rights Online

Strasbourg, France — The Council of Europe signed an agreement today with the tech industry, including the Computer & Communications Industry Association, to promote a safe and open internet that respects human rights, the rule of law and democracy. The agreement come in the form of an exchange of letters with various associations and tech…

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Redl To Lead NTIA After Senate Confirmation

Washington — David Redl takes the helm of the the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration after receiving Senate confirmation Tuesday evening. The Computer & Communications Industry Association congratulates Redl, who most recently served as a lead telecommunications staffer on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. CCIA has advocated on tech policy issues, including…

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CCIA Encouraged By Progress on SESTA, Though Concerns Remain

Washington — As Congress works to reduce sex trafficking online, bill sponsors recently announced progress that has been made in tailoring the legislation to better ensure the intended target, while reducing unintended consequences. The Computer & Communications Industry Association appreciates efforts to revise the bill to address wide-ranging concerns from industry and public interest stakeholders,…

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CCIA Asks FCC To Enforce Its Own Law And Block Sinclair Media Takeover

Washington — As the FCC appears poised to override historic rules preventing one company from dominating news coverage on the public airwaves, the Computer & Communications Industry Association filed comments asking the FCC to enforce its own law and block the Sinclair merger. Ordinarily, according to FCC rules, Sinclair’s proposed takeover of Tribune would be…

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CCIA Agrees FTC Does Not Have Authority To Protect The Open Internet

Washington – Members of Congress heard from past and current FTC and FCC officials today, including FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny, about how the FTC’s jurisdiction would fall short of being able to protect the Open internet using antitrust law. McSweeny testified before the House Judiciary Committee, weeks ahead of a potential FCC vote to rescind…

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CCIA Joins Amicus Brief In SCOTUS Patent Case That Could Remove Tool To Combat Patent Trolls

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association joined a Supreme Court amicus brief filed Monday evening in a patent case that is being closely watched by the thousands of companies sued every year by those abusing the patent system. The case will determine whether inter partes review (IPR) is constitutional. CCIA and others believe…

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CCIA Offers Trade Officials Examples Of Scope of Digital Trade Barriers

Washington — As the US takes more steps to monitor the fastest growing export, trade in services, the Computer & Communications Industry Association offered USTR examples of digital trade barriers faced by tech companies in comments filed Wednesday evening. CCIA also provided recommendations for upcoming NAFTA negotiations. “Six key barriers to digital trade include data…

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CCIA Tech Industry Delegation Meets Incoming Bulgarian EU Presidency

Sofia, Bulgaria — The Computer & Communications Industry Association is leading a delegation of tech companies to meet with Bulgarian Ministers, regulators, and startups this week ahead of the upcoming Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU. CCIA Europe will also present tech industry’s recommendations to the Bulgarian EU Presidency while in Sofia. Bulgaria…

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EC Releases Report On Privacy Shield Framework

Brussels, BELGIUM — Following the first annual review of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield in Washington last month, the European Commission released its report today. The report examined the implementation and adequacy of the framework’s strengthened measures for data protection and redress, while also providing recommendations for additional clarity and robustness. The report says the U.S.…

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Publication of a CCIA Research Paper on Value Growth and the Music Industry

Brussels, BELGIUM — At a high-level working lunch on “Value Creation, Streaming Video and the Music Industry” organised today by the Lisbon Council, Senior public policy manager for CCIA Europe Maud Sacquet presented a new research paper, “Value Growth and the Music Industry: The Untold Story of Digital Success.” This research paper shows how digital…

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EU to Support Both Encryption And Decryption In New “Anti-Terrorism Package”

Brussels, BELGIUM —  The European Commission (EC) issued its “anti-terrorism package” today, which includes several EU actions to face “challenges posed by the use of encryption.”  Proposed EU actions include “technical support measures, a new toolbox of techniques, and training, and proposes setting up a network of points of expertise.” The EC will on the…

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CCIA Encouraged by USA Liberty Act, Seeks Further Improvements

Washington — House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va) and Ranking Member John Conyers (D-Mich), with 11 bipartisan cosponsors, introduced the USA Liberty Act (H.R. 3989) on Friday. The bill is intended to reauthorize and reform Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which set to expire at the end of this year. Section…

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EU Commission Releases Communication on “Tackling Illegal Content Online”

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission published a Communication on “Tackling Illegal Content Online – Towards an enhanced responsibility of online platforms” today. Its aim is to publish guidelines and principles for removing illegal content from the Internet, in a way that also protects fundamental rights online. This Communication provides guidelines for all categories of…

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EU Commission Releases Communication on "Tackling Illegal Content Online"

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission published a Communication on “Tackling Illegal Content Online – Towards an enhanced responsibility of online platforms” today. Its aim is to publish guidelines and principles for removing illegal content from the Internet, in a way that also protects fundamental rights online. This Communication provides guidelines for all categories of…

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Industry Groups Urge European Leaders To Reevaluate Direction of EU Digital Proposals

Brussels, BELGIUM — Industry groups have sent their strongest criticism to date of the EU’s “Digital Single Market proposals” in a joint letter to European leaders ahead of the Tallinn Digital Summit on September 29.  The letter from major industry groups, representing telecoms, mobile, internet and startup companies expresses concern that the DSM proposals have…

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Tech Associations Offer Recommendations Ahead of Next Audiovisual Reform Negotiations

Brussels, BELGIUM — In advance of the next Trilogue meeting on a proposal for an Audio-Visual Media Services Directive (“AVMSD”), tech associations including the  Computer & Communications Industry Association, Digital Europe, EDiMA, EMOTA and EuroISPA sent a joint-letter, raising critical issues to be addressed for the AVMSD to allow for growth within the European audiovisual…

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Tech Associations Offer Recommendations Ahead of G-7 Digital Ministers Meeting

Brussels, BELGIUM — In advance of the G-7 ICT ministerial meeting on September 26-27 in Turin, Italy, technology and communications industry groups issued a joint statement  recommending policies on issues like privacy, security and data flows that would also boost innovation and jobs. The G-7 is an opportunity for economically successful, democratic countries to encourage…

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State Department’s Rob Strayer Begins Work Leading International Engagement On Internet, Digital Economy Issues

Washington — A new Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Cyber and International Communications and Information Policy began work this week at the State Department. Rob Strayer will help advocate for sound technology policy and for the growth of the digital economy with several international governing organizations. Strayer comes from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee…

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CCIA Reaffirms Support for EU-U.S. Privacy Shield as Joint Annual Review Begins

Washington DC  — E.U. and U.S. officials meet in Washington Monday and Tuesday for the first annual review of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, the recently implemented framework for transatlantic transfers of commercial data. Representatives of the European Commission, U.S. Commerce and Justice Departments and a dozen other agencies will be examining how the new agreement’s…

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CCIA Hosted Panel Discusses What May Happen In Wake Of SCOTUS Apple Samsung Design Patent Ruling

Washington — At a patent event at the National Press Club this week, panelists discussed an uptick in design patent cases since the Apple Samsung design patent ruling by the Supreme Court. CCIA patent counsel Josh Landau, who moderated the panel, noted that a jury had sided with Apple in its design patent claims on…

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CCIA Welcomes Proposal to End Forced Data Localisation in EU Member States

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission (EC) today released its proposal on the free flow of non-personal data in the EU.  The proposed regulation prohibits EU member states from requiring that data be stored nationally unless ”justified on grounds of public security.”  The proposal seeks to remove existing and prevent further national barriers which currently…

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EU Countries Question The Compatibility Of Copyright Reform With EU Fundamental Rights

Brussels — This morning, the website Statewatch published a leaked EU Council document on the copyright reform, in which a number of European countries are strongly questioning its compatibility with European fundamental rights. For the past year, the European Commission has been explaining that Article 13 of its copyright proposal – despite upending the liability…

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CCIA Warns FCC About Economic Consequences Of Weakening Net Neutrality

Washington — Investment and innovation have thrived under the FCC’s current internet access rules preventing content blocking, throttling, and discrimination. The Computer & Communications Industry Association warned the FCC in reply comments filed today that millions of businesses, from retail to tech, that use the internet would be harmed if it goes through with plans…

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Regulators Should Allow Interaction Applications to Continue to Evolve CCIA Says in ITU Filing

Brussels, BELGIUM — As a UN intergovernmental body considers internet-enabled applications, the Computer & Communications Industry Association expressed concern about it expanding its mandate. CCIA has submitted comments to the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) Open Consultation on the “Public Policy considerations for OTTs”. The ITU has for decades sought to ensure access to information and…

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Tech Associations Send Letter To Senators About Problems With Proposed Changes CDA-230

Washington – CCIA joined nine other associations in a letter to senators about the unintended consequences of legislation to update Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. While associations support their goal of shutting down organizations like Backpage that facilitate human trafficking, the proposed bill would ensnare legitimate companies. CCIA also expressed its concerns in…

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CCIA Announces Staff Changes, New Hires, Promotions In Washington, Brussels Offices

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association is announcing new hires and promotions in DC and Europe, including a new leader of its Brussels office. CCIA is an international non-profit trade association that began more than 45 years ago to advocate for open systems, open networks and robust, competitive markets. The staff additions and…

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Tech Industry Warns About Unintended Consequences Of Proposed Changes To Reduce Human Trafficking

Washington — Proposed changes to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act could have broad, unintended consequences for internet services, online platforms and websites. The Computer & Communications Industry Association appreciates the goal of reducing human trafficking, but is concerned the exact changes being proposed would do little to rein in the worst offenders, while…

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CCIA Supports International Communications Privacy Act

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CCIA Joins Internet Users For Net Neutrality Day, Saying Nondiscrimination Benefits Businesses, Economy

Washington — Internet users and businesses that rely on internet access are staging a day of protest against the FCC’s plans to abdicate its role in protecting consumers and businesses from discrimination online. Battle for the Net has organized a day of action in hopes of raising awareness about what’s at stake, and the Computer…

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Join CCIA Europe for a briefing following the EC’s Google Antitrust Announcement

The European Commission announced a record fine after a 7 year investigation comparing Google and some online shopping competitors. For more than four decades, the Computer & Communications Industry Association has vigorously supported enforcement of antitrust laws when dynamic markets, consumers or innovation was being harmed. Tech companies are watching to gage whether it is…

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CCIA, Industry Associations Voice Support For Legislation On Law Enforcement Access To Data

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association joined other associations today in a letter to House Judiciary Committee leadership voicing support for the International Communications Privacy Act (ICPA). The letter comes in advance of a hearing on data stored abroad and its impacts on law enforcement and privacy. Policymakers are trying to balance law…

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Study Shows Fair Use Industries Make Up One Sixth Of The Economy

Washington — As policymakers consider IP policy and trade agreement updates like the NAFTA renegotiation, balanced copyright language remains as important as ever. The Computer & Communications Industry Association released a study in conjunction with Capital Trade, Inc. on Friday, “Fair Use in the Economy 2017,” that found that value added by industries that depend…

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European Parliament’s Internal Market Committee Votes On Copyright Directive

Brussels, BELGIUM — Last September, the European Commission published its proposal for a Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (the “copyright proposal”). This proposal has been denounced as “backward-looking” and failing to “meet the expectations of European citizens and businesses”. Today, the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee of the European Parliament adopted…

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CCIA Highlights To Trump Administration Trade Barriers In China’s Cybersecurity Law

Washington — As the Administration considers how to handle China’s pending new cybersecurity law, the Computer & Communications Industry Association sent a letter to Gary Cohn, the Director of President Trump’s National Economic Council. The letter explains how China’s recently implemented Cybersecurity Law would regulate the use of technology in ways that would be a…

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CCIA, Over 60 Organisations To EU Lawmakers: Put The Copyright Reform Back On The Right Track

Brussels, BELGIUM — Today, CCIA and over 60 civil society organisations and trade associations representing Internet users, online services, startups, publishers and research and educational institutions from all over the European Union urge European lawmakers to put the reform on copyright in the Digital Single Market back on the right track. In an open-letter, the…

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CCIA Files Copyright Amicus In Case Involving Fair Use And Programming Languages

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association has filed an amicus brief with the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in the long-running Oracle v. Google litigation, a case in which Oracle seeks to significantly extend intellectual property claims in ways that would harm innovation in technology and software development. The following can…

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CCIA, Tech Industry Coalition Recommend Electronic Surveillance Reform

Washington – Leading technology companies and associations sent a joint letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Goodlatte today supporting surveillance reform. The Computer & Communications Industry Association strongly recommends modifying the surveillance powers authorized by Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act so as to improve privacy protections and increase transparency. Specifically, the letter recommends…

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Broadcasters, Bars & Restaurants, Audio Services, CCIA File Amicus In U.S. v. BMI Case

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association joined broadcasters, bar and restaurant owners, and audio visual services providers in supporting the Department of Justice in its appeal of a decision in favor of BMI. The joint amicus brief argues that the antitrust consent decree that governs BMI requires them to offer full licensing rights…

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Broadcasters, Bars & Restaurants, Audio Services, CCIA File Amicus In U.S. v. BMI Case

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association joined broadcasters, bar and restaurant owners, and audio visual services providers in supporting the Department of Justice in its appeal of a decision in favor of BMI. The joint amicus brief argues that the antitrust consent decree that governs BMI requires them to offer full licensing rights…

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European Civil Society and Technology Industry Associations Ask European Commission To Act On German Hate Speech Law

Brussels, BELGIUM — European Civil Society and Technology Industry Associations sent a letter to European Commission leaders today asking them to live up to their role as guardian of the European Union treaties by providing a detailed opinion to the German government on its proposal. The Computer & Communications Industry Association, EDiMA, EDRi, AccessNow and…

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New Study Highlights US$ 5.6 Trillion Global Benefit of Online Applications

Brussels, BELGIUM — A German research institute, WIK, (Wissenschaftliches Institut für Infrastruktur und Kommunikationsdienste) has released a new study on the economic and social contribution of online applications consumers use to do everything from sharing videos, paying for groceries, communicating through voice, video and messaging, and engaging in rich interaction with friends and colleagues. WIK…

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CCIA Welcomes Appointment of MEP Gabriel to European Commissioner Digital Role

Brussels, BELGIUM — Bulgarian MEP Mariya Gabriel has been officially nominated to take over the European Commissioner post responsible for society and the digital economy. The European Parliament will now need to approve her appointment and portfolio previously handled by European Commissioner Günther Oettinger, now responsible for EU budget issues. The Computer & Communications Industry…

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CCIA, Tech Companies Ask Court To Rehear, Remedy Copyright Case Involving DMCA Issues

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association has filed a joint amicus brief Monday night in a copyright case. The previous ruling, if left unchanged, could threaten important liability protections for some internet sites that review user-posted content before it appears online. CCIA joined several of its members and other tech companies in asking…

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DG Competition Reveals Final Report of E-Commerce Sector Inquiry; Online Marketplace Bans Hold Back E-Commerce

Brussels, BELGIUM — Today DG Competition published its final report on the E-commerce Sector Inquiry. The sector inquiry was launched in May 2015 as part of the Commission’s Digital Single Market Strategy. Its aim is to identify competition concerns in European e-commerce markets and private barriers to the completion of a digital single market. As…

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CCIA Offers Ways European Parliament Can Improve Digital Single Market, As Current Plans Threaten To Further Fragment Europe

Brussels, BELGIUM — Two years ago the European Commission announced plans to encourage innovation and improve the economy by creating a Digital Single Market in the EU for digital goods and services. Today, it offered its own midterm review on what has been done and guidance on what remains to be done. The ambitious plan…

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CCIA Testifies At ITC Hearing On Digital Trade

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association testified at the ITC hearing on Digital Trade April 4. In his statement, CCIA Vice President Dan O’Connor noted the United State’s lead position in innovation and high-technology industries, so “facilitating the export of Internet-enabled products and services promises substantial gains across the wider economy.” He explained how internet…

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Embassy of Canada To Host Tech, IP Policy Discussion Wednesday

Washington –Canada’s Ambassador to the United States David MacNaughton will offer opening remarks at a panel discussion on the future of North American trade and intellectual property hosted by the Embassy of Canada Wednesday April 5th at 12pm. Computer & Communications Industry Association Vice President Matt Schruers will moderate the panel of technology company experts. To…

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New USTR NTE Report Focuses On Digital Trade Barriers, Warns That New EU Regulations Could Raise New Barriers

Washington — The USTR has released its annual report on trade barriers. It flagged digital trade barriers like internet censorship, but also included issues with new EU regulations aimed at internet services. The 2017 National Trade Estimate (NTE) report listed foreign trade barriers such as China blocking access to online sites and services, laws on…

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CCIA Co-Sponsors Global Fair Use Panel At American University Washington College of Law

Washington – Leading international experts will gather on Wednesday to discuss the global debate around balanced copyright. The American University Washington College of Law’s Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property will explore the differences in fair use law around the world in a panel discussion. Fair use exceptions to copyright law facilitate the quotation…

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CCIA Supports Bipartisan Effort to Analyze Broadband Economic Impact

Washington, D.C. — Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and five other co-sponsors have introduced a bipartisan bill that would facilitate an analysis of broadband deployment and adoption on the U.S. economy. The bill would require a government study on how broadband affects many aspects of our economy, considering job creation, online commerce,…

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CCIA Encourages Reform of FISA § 702 Surveillance

Washington — The House Judiciary Committee will hold the 115th Congress’ first hearing on Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act tomorrow (Wednesday). The provision, which is set to expire at the end of this year, authorizes the programmatic surveillance of the electronic communications of non-U.S. persons overseas. Beginning in 2013, public disclosures regarding…

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Is Europe about to weaken encryption?

The French and German Interior Ministers called this week for EU legislation which could undermine the use of encryption in communication in Europe.  Worse still, a European Commission spokesperson appeared to endorse this proposal by stating that “encryption technology should not prevent law enforcement agencies or other competent authorities from intervening in the lawful exercise…

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CCIA Welcomes IMCO’s Draft Opinion on the Copyright Directive Proposal

Brussels – The Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee of the European Parliament (“IMCO“) has published its draft opinion yesterday on the proposal for a copyright directive for the Digital Single Market. In this draft opinion, MEP Catherine Stihler has deleted the “publishers’ right”, as lacking “sufficient justification”. This decision is in line with the…

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CCIA Files Amicus Brief On Copyright, Interoperability Issues In Software Case

Washington — The tech industry weighed in on issues of copyright and competition with an amicus brief today in the SAS v. World Programming Limited case.  The Computer & Communications Industry Association filed an amicus brief along with the Internet Association and Engine arguing copyright should not interfere with interoperability. CCIA represents companies that are…

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CCIA Defends Copyright Balance and Online Platforms In Filing, Legal Brief

Washington — In a filing for the Copyright Office and in a legal brief, the Computer & Communications Industry Association defended the balanced copyright provisions online companies need to operate platforms for communications and commerce. The Copyright Office is considering Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) — one of the Internet’s legal…

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Industry, Civil Rights Groups Jointly Oppose DHS Traveler Profile, Password Collection Plans

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association joined civil liberties groups, industry associations, companies, and security professionals in a joint statement to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly today opposing plans to collect passwords and social media profiles of those seeking to enter the country. The letter points to experts who say the such demands…

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CCIA Welcomes Senator Hatch’s Focus On Innovation Issues

Washington — Senator Orrin Hatch, who chairs the Senate’s Republican High Tech Task Force, released his Innovation Agenda at a news conference today. Hatch highlighted better data privacy, which is important both for digital commerce and communication, and asked for reforms to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. He also called for better STEM education, streamlined…

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CCIA Asks USTR To Focus On Copyright Regulations In Annual Trade Report

Washington — As more countries pass or consider copyright regulations that violate current U.S. trade agreements and international copyright norms, the Computer & Communications Industry Association is asking USTR to note and fight discriminatory regulations. CCIA’s submission to USTR today describes the scope of the problem and flags examples where trading partners are prohibiting copyright…

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DG Competition Launches 3 E-Commerce Antitrust Investigations

Brussels — European competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager announced the opening of three investigations today involving video game makers, electronics makers and tour operators suspected of anticompetitive practices. Vestager said she wants to ensure consumers have a wider choice of goods and services, and make purchases across borders. This action follows the publication of DG Competition’s…

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CCIA Says Charter-Univision Dispute Illustrates Problems Of Media Consolidation

Washington — Charter Communications cable customers have lost access to Univision’s networks after months of unsuccessful negotiations, according to various news reports. Univision has charged Charter with breach of contract and said that Charter has rejected its good-faith efforts at a solution. The Computer & Communications Industry Association has spoken out on antitrust issues for…

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CCIA Concerned About Details, Broader Message Of Immigration Order

Washington — The tech industry is deeply concerned about President Trump’s precipitous executive order banning refugees and legal immigrants with visas from the United States. The following can be attributed to Computer & Communications Industry Association President & CEO Ed Black: “We are concerned by the continuing confusion over the Administration’s immigration order covering both…

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House Introduces Email Privacy Act

Washington — Members of Congress are attempting again to get email privacy legislation across the finish line this Congress. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.) are introducing the Email Privacy Act today. The legislation would more clearly extend Fourth Amendment protections to electronic communications by requiring the government to obtain a warrant based…

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CCIA, Tech Associations Ask For Democratic Debate On Audio Visual Services Directive

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association joined 5 tech trade associations in an open letter on the Audio Visual Services directive. The letter points out the 1000 amendments submitted by Members of Parliament to improve the proposal and asks that the legislation be subject to open debate with stakeholders opinions considered ahead…

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Industry groups call on EU telecoms ministers to support intra-EU data flow regulation

Brussels, BELGIUM — Today 22 industry groups sent a joint letter to the 28 European telecoms ministers urging them to “support an ambitious EU legislative proposal to prohibit unjustified data localisation” laws within the EU at the upcoming Telecommunications Council on the 2nd December. “The Single Market must be future-proofed and its principles extended to…

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CCIA Releases Study “An unraveling of the Digital Single Market; A review of the proposed AVSMD”

Brussels, BELGIUM — In its proposal to reform European audiovisual rules, the European Commission is proposing to implement cross-border levies on video on demand (VOD) services, a measure that would lead to a fragmentation of the Digital Single Market, according to a new report commissioned by the Computer & Communications Industry Association. The paper examines…

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CCIA, CTA Ask Appeals Court To Review, Correctly Apply Copyright Liability Legal Protections For Internet Service Providers

Washington – In a closely watched case about online service providers’ responsibility for users who infringe copyright, two tech trade associations defended the Internet service provider, Cox, in a court brief today.   The brief advocated for clear secondary liability standards and strong DMCA safe harbors. The associations argued that Cox was wrongly held liable…

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CCIA’s Statement On Google’s Response To EU Android Charges

Brussels, BELGIUM — Google offered its response today to the EU’s investigation into whether it imposed restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators in an anti-competitive way. Google said that Android and its free, open source operating system gives hundreds of manufacturers flexibility and thousands of app developers easy access to internet users…

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CCIA's Statement On Google’s Response To EU Android Charges

Brussels, BELGIUM — Google offered its response today to the EU’s investigation into whether it imposed restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators in an anti-competitive way. Google said that Android and its free, open source operating system gives hundreds of manufacturers flexibility and thousands of app developers easy access to internet users…

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CCIA Identifies Growing Digital Trade Threats For U.S. Officials

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association filed comments with the U.S. Trade Representative tonight, identifying worldwide barriers to digital trade in preparation for the USTR’s annual National Trade Estimate report. The CCIA filing comes as new research demonstrates the rising cost of Internet site- and service-blocking to U.S. exporters. A recent Brookings Institution…

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CCIA Met With Incoming Maltese Ministers Ahead Of EU Presidency

CCIA met with Maltese ministers in Valletta on October 20-21 to discuss Malta’s EU Presidency.  Malta will during the first half of 2017 steer EU Member States’ negotiations on important issues including copyright, audio-visual, telecoms, ePrivacy and data flows. CCIA Europe presented our recommendations when meeting with Emmanuel Mallia (Malta’s Minister for Competitiveness, Digital and…

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CCIA, Tech Industry Delegation Meets Upcoming Maltese EU Presidency

Valletta, Malta — The tech industry is meeting with Maltese ministers in Valletta today and tomorrow to discuss Malta’s Presidency of the Council of the EU starting 1st January. The delegation will discuss the legislative “Digital Single Market” proposals which Malta will chair the Council’s negotiations on. CCIA Europe will moreover present the tech industry’s…

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Internet Addressing System To Transition To ICANN As Planned After Last-Ditch Effort To Derail Fails In Court

Washington — The Department of Commerce is scheduled to transition administration of the technical underpinnings of the Internet’s addressing system to the private sector-led multi-stakeholder community October 1. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, has been preparing and executing what is known as the IANA stewardship transition for two years. The transition comes…

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DG Competition Reveals First Results of E-Commerce Sector Inquiry; Online Marketplace Bans Remain a Problem

Brussels, BELGIUM — Today DG Competition published its preliminary report on the E-commerce Sector Inquiry. The sector inquiry was launched in May 2015 as part of the Commission’s Digital Single Market Strategy. Its aim is to identify competition concerns in European e-commerce markets and private barriers to the completion of a digital single market. The…

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European Commission releases Copyright and Telecom rules: end of Europe’s digital single market ambitions?

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission issued its proposals on Telecoms and Copyright today as part of the Digital Single Market Framework. Both proposals will impact Internet users, online services and more generally, most businesses using the Internet. TELECOM LEGISLATION The European Commission announced a revision of the EU’s telecoms rules that appears to contradict…

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CCIA Offers Written Statement For House Judiciary Patent Oversight Hearing

Washington – The House Judiciary Committee is examining a recent GAO report on patent quality and other issues on the problem of patent trolls at a hearing Tuesday. The Computer & Communications Industry Association has been advocating for comprehensive patent reform for more than a decade. CCIA patent counsel Matt Levy submitted a written statement…

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CCIA, Tech Companies Ask Congress Not To Interfere With Internet Address Transition

Washington — After years of planning, the Department of Commerce is scheduled to transition control of the Internet addressing system to a private sector-led multi-stakeholder body on October 1. Today the Computer & Communications Industry Association and more than a dozen other tech companies and associations sent a letter to Congressional leaders asking them not…

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Senate Denies Request To Consider Bill To Block Government Hacking Expansion

Washington — Senator Ron Wyden today asked for Senate approval by unanimous consent of his Stopping Mass Hacking Act (S. 2952), which would temporarily block a dangerous expansion of the government’s hacking authority from taking effect. Unfortunately, other members of the chamber objected to Senator Wyden’s move to stop the government from gaining sweeping new…

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Tech Industry Warns Against French-German Plans To Weaken Encryption

Brussels, BELGIUM — French Interior Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, and German Interior Minister, Thomas de Maizière today called for a range of European security-related initiatives in Paris.  The ministers want their proposals discussed by the EU Heads of State and Government on 16 September. Cazeneuve welcomed the “undeniable progress” made by Internet operators to quickly remove…

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CCIA Offers Comments On FCC Proposal To Make Business Data Services More Competitive

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association filed comments Tuesday on the FCC’s proposed new rules for the business broadband marketplace. These business data services (BDS), formerly known as “special access,” are used for transactions like credit card processing or ATM withdrawals, and by schools, hospitals, libraries and businesses that require dedicated transmission lines…

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Privacy Shield Adopted: Clarity For Firms, Privacy Win For Consumers

Brussels, Belgium —  The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, the new framework for transatlantic data transfers, was adopted in Brussels today after EU Member States approved it last week. Privacy Shield was unveiled by European Justice Commissioner, Věra Jourová and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. The European Commission has in its recent negotiations obtained a number of…

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CCIA, Industry Groups Encourage Swift Adoption Of Privacy Shield

Brussels, Belgium — CCIA and other members of the Industry Coalition for Data Protection (ICDP) today issued a joint statement to welcome the improved Privacy Shield text.  Privacy Shield will strengthen transatlantic data flows and provide legal certainty for European businesses and consumers.  It will moreover provide new safeguards which will also apply to other transatlantic…

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EU and U.S. Political, Tech Leaders Discuss Transatlantic Digital Relations; CCIA Releases Recommendations

Washington — Senior U.S. and EU government officials and tech representatives took stock of the transatlantic digital relationship at CCIA’s Transatlantic Internet Policy Dialogue today. Today’s event provides stakeholders’ input to the U.S. and EU’s own “Information Society Dialogue” tomorrow, Tuesday.  The EU and U.S. will discuss regulation of transatlantic data transfers, Privacy Shield, telecoms…

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Civil Rights Groups, CCIA Appeal To Congress To Block Government Hacking Expansion

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association has joined public interest groups to try block an expansion of government hacking. Unless Congress intervenes, a law enforcement request to be given the ability to hack multiple computers in unknown locations outside a magistrate’s jurisdiction will automatically take effect. Today CCIA and others sent a joint…

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Senate Committee Tries To Delay Choice In Cable Set-Top Boxes, Potentially Costing Consumers at Least $1.6 Billion per Month

Washington — The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a rider in a budget bill that would delay the FCC from opening the TV set-top box market to competitors. The rider would demand that the FCC further the study the issue of ensuring third parties can offer devices that are compatible with customers’ paid TV content.…

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Tech Industry Supports Member States’ Efforts To Improve Criminal Justice In Cyberspace

Brussels, Belgium — The Computer & Communications Industry Association, DIGITALEUROPE and BSA issued the joint statement below praising EU Member States for their balanced approach to improving criminal justice while protecting the privacy of citizens online. The following can be attributed to CCIA Europe Director Christian Borggreen: “We support the EU’s aim to improve criminal…

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CCIA, IA, I2Coalition Support NTIA's ICANN Transition Proposals Report

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association, Internet Association and the Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition) issued the following statement today on the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) report on the ICANN transition proposals: “The internet economy applauds NTIA for its deliberative and thorough work reviewing the ICANN transition proposals to ensure its principles for a successful transition are…

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CCIA, IA, I2Coalition Support NTIA’s ICANN Transition Proposals Report

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association, Internet Association and the Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition) issued the following statement today on the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) report on the ICANN transition proposals: “The internet economy applauds NTIA for its deliberative and thorough work reviewing the ICANN transition proposals to ensure its principles for a successful transition are…

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Coalition Sends Senators Letter Opposing Expanded Government Access To Online Activity Without Judicial Oversight

Washington — A coalition of public interest groups, companies, and associations sent a letter  to senators opposing a move that would give government agents greater access to electronic communications data and records of online activity without judicial oversight. In two different Committees, the Senate is considering modifying the law authorizing National Security Letters to expand…

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CCIA, Tech Industry Associations Offer Recommendations To Presidential Candidates

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association joined several tech industry associations in a joint open letter to the remaining presidential candidates with a few recommendations on tech policy. The recommendations underscore for the presidential candidates how well informed tech policy can be a key driver of economic growth — not just in the…

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CCIA Applauds House Passage of Email Privacy Act

Washington – The House has unanimously approved legislation to enhance privacy protections to citizens’ email. The long overdue Email Privacy Act clearly gives Fourth Amendment protections to electronic communications by requiring the government to obtain a warrant based on probable cause to access the contents of citizens’ email stored in the cloud. The bipartisan bill,…

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CCIA, SAPIE Present EU Presidency Recommendations To Slovak Leaders

Bratislava, Slovakia — Ahead of the Slovak Republic’s EU Presidency, SAPIE and CCIA met with political leaders and presented recommendations. CCIA Europe and SAPIE met with Slovak President Andrej Kiska, Deputy Minister of Economy and other senior government officials and shared policy recommendations on how Europe can digitally transform its economy and reap the innovation…

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CCIA Applauds House Judiciary Committee Approval of Email Privacy Act

Washington – The House Judiciary Committee has voted to favorably report long-awaited reforms to give improved privacy protections to individuals’ electronic communications. The Email Privacy Act (H.R. 699) would require the government to get a warrant before demanding companies turn over customers’ emails and other electronic communications. The bill was amended by a substitute amendment…

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CCIA Files DMCA Safe Harbor Comments

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association filed comments for the Copyright Office today on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s safe harbors. The safe harbors protect websites and other Internet services from copyright liability for infringement by users — provided they expeditiously respond to copyright holders’ notices to take down unauthorized content. In its…

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Digital Attaches To Focus On Digital Economy, Internet Market Access

Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced a Digital Attaché pilot program where U.S. Foreign Commercial Service Officers will focus on digital policy issues and Internet market access in several key markets around the world.   The Computer & Communications Industry Association praised this Commerce Department program, which can help grow the…

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CCIA Sends Letter To House Judiciary Committee Supporting Digital Security Ahead of Hearing

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association sent a letter to House Judiciary Committee leaders ahead of their hearing on encryption Tuesday. In the letter, CCIA noted that while tech companies often do aid the government in investigations, they should not be forced to weaken digital security in ways that would create opportunities for…

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CCIA Welcomes Privacy Shield Package: Provides Legal Certainty, Strong Privacy Safeguards And Trust

Brussels — The European Justice Commissioner, Věra Jourová, today presented the full details of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, the new framework for transatlantic commercial data flows.   The framework includes major privacy safeguards including: strong obligations on participating companies and enforcement, limitations and safeguards on government access, redress possibilities for consumers, and annual reviews. Today’s…

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CCIA Praises Introduction of Encrypt Act

Washington — Representatives Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Blake Farenthold (R-TX) introduced the ENCRYPT Act of 2016 today. The bill would prevent states from mandating or requesting weakened encryption, backdoors, or decryption from manufacturers and providers of consumer Internet devices and services. In the last year, law enforcement and intelligence community officials have sparked another debate…

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CCIA Welcomes Thoughtful Department of Commerce White Paper on Copyright Reform

Washington — Today the Department of Commerce Internet Policy Task Force released a long-awaited white paper on several areas of copyright reform: remixes, first sale, and statutory damages. The Computer & Communications Industry Association has long advocated for balanced copyright, and filed comments as part of the process of this paper being written and released.…

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CCIA Applauds Trade Facilitation Provisions to Promote Small Business Trade

Washington – On December 9, the  House of Representatives and the Senate announced a final bipartisan Conference Report on the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 to modernize U.S. customs procedures.  Among other provisions, the legislation improves the ability of small businesses to participate in the global economy by lifting the threshold at…

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CCIA, Associations Send Letter Opposing Senate Bill On Online Reporting Requirement

Washington — In a joint letter to the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the Computer & Communications Industry Association, and eight other associations cautioned Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D- Calif., and Richard Burr R-N.C. about the side effects of the bill they introduced this week. The “Requiring Reporting of Online…

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CCIA, Associations Ask Senate Judiciary Leaders To Expedite Judicial Redress Act

Washington – In a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Leahy, the leaders of a coalition of industry associations, including the Computer & Communications Industry Association, encouraged swift action on the Judicial Redress Act. The bill is considered to be a critical hurdle to two agreements with Europe that would have…

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Wide Stakeholder Coalition Sends Letters Pointing Out Bias, Problems With Online Platform Consultation Regarding Copyright

Brussels – In letters to First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Members of the European Parliament, a wide coalition of stakeholders representing civil society, news publishers, consumers and the digital industry share their concerns regarding the European Commission’s approach in consulting on copyright matters. The European Commission is expected to adopt a Communication on copyright on…

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Investment, Innovation in European Ecommerce Companies Booming, Study Reveals

Brussels — Investors are betting on the continued growth of Europe’s ecommerce market with investment into both public and private ecommerce companies growing from millions to billions in the past three years. That is the finding of an an ecommerce study CCIA Europe commissioned from independent equity research house ‘The Analyst’. The study examined the…

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European Commission Issues Guidance On Transatlantic Data Flows, Wants Quick Agreement On New “Bulletproof” Safe Harbour

Brussels – The European Commission today issued guidance to companies after the European Court of Justice invalidated the 15 years old EU-U.S. Safe Harbour framework which EU and U.S. big and small companies depend on for transatlantic commercial data transfers. The new Communication confirms the position taken by the Article 29 Working Party, that “transatlantic…

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UK Proposes Bill To Increase Government Surveillance

Brussels — The United Kingdom today presented the draft Investigatory Powers Bill which raises serious concerns about privacy rights and government surveillance. The bill will require Internet and social media companies and Internet Access Providers to retain “bulk collection” of large volumes of personal communications data for access by police, security services and other public…

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FCC To Review Big Broadband Access Providers’ Innovation-Stifling Practices

Washington – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced that it will review the business practices of several major broadband companies, who control the most crucial points of the Internet access pipeline.  These high-capacity, “special access” lines provide dedicated, guaranteed transmission of high volumes of critical data for cell phone networks, workplaces, banks, libraries, and…

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House, Senate Hold Simultaneous Broadband, Spectrum Hearings

Washington – Both sides of Capitol Hill, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee and House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held simultaneous hearings Wednesday, often hitting the same notes, as they addressed the central questions of broadband deployment and spectrum allocation.  The Senate hearing focused on barriers to the deployment of…

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CCIA Sends Letter To President Obama Warning Of Dangers Of Encryption Backdoors

Washington — In a letter to President Obama, the Computer & Communications Industry Association said so-called encryption backdoors would create security risks, economic problems for tech sector, and privacy concerns for citizens and international allies. The letter was sent as both the Administration and Congress consider policy proposals to address the growing availability of strong…

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European Top Court Invalidates Safe Harbor, Industry Calls For Predictable Rules

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) delivered its final ruling this morning in the case “Schrems Vs the Data Protection Commissioner.”  The high court decided to invalidate the 15 year old EU-U.S. framework for commercial data transfers, the Safe Harbor.  More than 4,000 European and International companies are Safe…

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European Commission Issues Platform Questions As Part Of DSM Strategy

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission has begun its public inquiry into online platforms, releasing its consultation today as part of developing its Digital Single Market strategy. The questions cover four main categories: the business practices of online platforms and consumer fairness intermediary liability of online companies data and cloud in digital ecosystems the collaborative…

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Senate Drops Controversial Internet Reporting Requirement From Intelligence Bill

  Washington – Senate leaders have removed a controversial reporting requirement from the Intelligence Authorization Act. The measure would have turned online communications companies into Internet police, making it mandatory for them to report evidence of any potential terrorist activity, which could have subjected many innocent people to government investigation. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., had…

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CCIA, Mozilla File Court Brief Supporting FCC’s Open Internet Order

Washington, DC – The Computer & Communications Industry Association and Mozilla filed a joint amicus curiae brief in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday supporting the FCC in the legal challenge to the Commission’s Open Internet order.  CCIA and Mozilla’s friend-of-the-court brief argues that from a technological and legal perspective, the FCC’s order is…

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European Commission Releases Telecommunications Consultation

Brussels, BELGIUM — As part of the move to a Digital Single Market the European Commission today released its telecommunications consultation. This evaluation reviews the regulatory framework for electronic communications networks and services covering everything from consumer protection to investment incentives and what Internet speeds will be needed in the future. The Computer & Communications…

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CCIA Welcomes German Online Sales Competition Ruling, Broader Discussion On Online Sales Restrictions

Brussels, Belgium — Germany’s competition authority has concluded its proceeding into the distribution of Germany’s leading brand of running shoes. The Bundeskartellamt found that ASICS restricted online sales activities of authorized small and medium-sized dealers in ways that kept consumers from being able to easily search for those stores online and to shop around. The…

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CCIA Signs Letter To AG On Public Performance Rights Licensing

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association and other members of the MIC (Music.Innovation.Consumers) Coalition sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch today supporting “fair and efficient licensing of public performance rights for musical works, particularly in light of SESAC’s recent acquisition of the Harry Fox Agency.” The letter urges the attorney general…

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CCIA Endorses Technology Industry Expert Andy Slavitt As Next Medicare and Medicaid Administrator

Washington – Computer & Communication Industry Association CEO and President Ed Black today respectfully urged the U.S. Senate to promptly approve the nomination of Andy Slavitt as the next Administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. “Andy Slavitt has tremendous experience as a technology leader and in health care,” Black noted. “Slavitt enjoys…

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FBI Requests Access To Citizens Encrypted Communications At Senate Hearings

Washington — At two separate Senate hearings today, the FBI and Department of Justice, primarily through the testimony of FBI Director James Comey, renewed their calls for a solution that would enable law enforcement access to encrypted communications over consumer devices and services. The Computer & Communications Industry Association supports strong encryption as a way…

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The Future of an EU-Wide Ancillary Copyright for Press Publishers Remains Uncertain

Brussels, BELGIUM — Discussions around a possible ‘snippet levy’ or ‘news aggregation tax’ targeting online services like search engines and news aggregators have slowly but surely reached Brussels. In the last month alone we witnessed two considerable developments. First, the legal committee of the European Parliament decided the vote down an amendment to MEP Reda’s…

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European Council Presidency Transfers To Luxembourg With Key Digital Economy Issues Looming

Brussels, Belgium — Luxembourg takes over the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union today (Wednesday) at a crucial moment. After a meeting with outgoing European Council President Martin Schulz earlier this week, the Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel told reporters priorities will include Europe’s economy,competitiveness, jobs and the single market. The Computer…

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CCIA Welcomes Appointment Of Roberto Viola As New Director-General

Brussels — The European Commission announced today that Roberto Viola will become the new Director-General of the European Commission’s Communications Networks, Content and Technology Directorate General on 1st September 2015. The Computer & Communications Industry Association looks forward to working with Director-General Viola in his important efforts to achieve a European Digital Single Market. The…

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CCIA Press Conference Call: How US Surveillance Reform Law Impacts Europeans

President Obama quickly signed surveillance reform legislation after the Senate passed the USA Freedom Act Tuesday evening. The Act ends the bulk collection of phone and other records and offers better transparency and oversight for existing surveillance programs. What will this mean for surveillance reform in the U.S. – and what will it mean for…

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Senate Begins Surveillance Reform Process by Passing USA FREEDOM Act

Washington — After years of controversy over mass surveillance by the U.S. government, and lengthy negotiations on the reform of those practices, the Senate has passed the USA FREEDOM Act with a 67 to 32 vote. This legislation permanently ends the bulk collection of phone records by the NSA and will provide greater transparency and…

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