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…

CCIA welcomes new senior EU appointments

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission announced today that Finnish civil servant Tiina Astola will be appointed Director-General for Justice and Consumers as of 1st February 2016. Astola will take charge of implementing legislation on data protection and finalising a new Safe Harbour framework for commercial data transfers between Europe and the United States. The…

European Commission Considers a Link and Snippet Tax: Ill-Founded, Controversial And Detrimental To All Players

Brussels – Today the European Commission released a non-legislative Communication “Towards a modern, more European copyright framework” — the Communication on copyright. The Communication sets out the Commission’s vision and priorities on copyright reform for the years to come. The issues covered in the Communication range from cross-border accessibility to content to copyright enforcement measures.…

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…

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…

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…