EC Issues Record Fine In Google Shopping Case; CCIA Concerned About Chilling Effect On Innovation

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission announced a record fine today. Its antitrust investigation began seven years ago after some online price comparison sites complained Google favored its own service in search results. Today the Commission decided that the prominent placement of Google’s own comparison shopping service in search results constitutes abuse of a dominant…

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…

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…