Tech Industry Asks White House For Changes To Government Data Collection

Technology trade associations have sent a joint letter Tuesday asking the White House to take three key steps to better protect civil liberties and innovation as the government collects private data on citizens. The Computer & Communications Industry Association has been a longtime voice against government surveillance without checks and balances, and joined other associations at a…

CCIA Praises Introduction of Surveillance Transparency Legislation

Two House and Senate Judiciary committee leaders on privacy issues have introduced legislation to add transparency requirements to the law used by the NSA to carry out surveillance on Americans.  Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., has introduced the Surveillance Transparency Act of 2013, and Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., “The Surveillance Order Reporting Act.” Both bills give companies who receive data demands from the government the…

CCIA Supports Result of NTIA Multi-Stakeholder Process

CCIA appreciates the opportunity to have participated in the multistakeholder process convened by the Administration, and supports closing debate on this Code of Conduct today for mobile transparency. While any such process is by no means perfect, and there are provisions that we might have approached differently, we recognize and celebrate the hard work done…

Will the NSA revelations create barriers to cloud adoption in the developing world?

What benefits can developing countries expect from cloud computing? And what policies are needed to fully seize its potential? Several questions were discussed at a peer review of the upcoming cloud computing report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). It will be part of the Information Economy Report series – UNCTAD’s yearly flagship…

Online Privacy, Security Action This Week

For those who don’t keep as close an eye on privacy, the past week has seen a flurry of activity on a number of privacy related fronts from the US Congress. Topics have included cybersecurity, government surveillance, and the Do Not Track process. Most of these conversation are obviously still ongoing, but a summary after…