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…

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…

CCIA Dismayed by AG Opposition to Stronger Consumer Encryption Options

Washington — US Attorney General Barr, along with officials in several other countries, are planning an open letter asking that Facebook not deploy end-to-end encryption to protect consumers using its apps, according to various news reports. Facebook is reportedly developing better encryption features in response to users’ increased demand for more online privacy.  A letter…

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,…

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…

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…

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…