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…

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…

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…

EU Issues Antitrust Charges Against Google

Brussels — The European Commission’s Commissioner of Competition, Margrethe Vestager, issued a Statement of Objections against Google outlining alleged competition problems with Google’s contracts for the distribution of Android and its mobile apps.  The complaint focuses on three specific issues.  The Commission has identified alleged problems with Google’s distribution of its mobile apps on Android,…

CCIA Welcomes New EU-U.S. Data Transfer Framework

Brussels — Negotiators announced a political agreement today on a new “Safe Harbour” framework that will allow for commercial data flows between Europe and the United States.  Commissioner Jourová presented the agreement to the College of Commissioners today which gave it its “green light”. The Article 29 Working Party will examine the new agreement, called…