CCIA Welcomes IMCO’s Draft Opinion on the Copyright Directive Proposal

Brussels – The Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee of the European Parliament (“IMCO“) has published its draft opinion yesterday on the proposal for a copyright directive for the Digital Single Market. In this draft opinion, MEP Catherine Stihler has deleted the “publishers’ right”, as lacking “sufficient justification”. This decision is in line with the…

The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Stands on Firm Ground

Washington — The EU-US Privacy Shield Framework, concluded last year, is critical to the information flows driving $260 billion in transatlantic digital services. It is critical to the ability of Europeans to enjoy these services in a privacy-protective way, and to supporting innovation on both sides of the Atlantic. The agreement’s multi-layered privacy protections are…

Industry groups call on EU telecoms ministers to support intra-EU data flow regulation

Brussels, BELGIUM — Today 22 industry groups sent a joint letter to the 28 European telecoms ministers urging them to “support an ambitious EU legislative proposal to prohibit unjustified data localisation” laws within the EU at the upcoming Telecommunications Council on the 2nd December. “The Single Market must be future-proofed and its principles extended to…

CCIA's Statement On Google’s Response To EU Android Charges

Brussels, BELGIUM — Google offered its response today to the EU’s investigation into whether it imposed restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators in an anti-competitive way. Google said that Android and its free, open source operating system gives hundreds of manufacturers flexibility and thousands of app developers easy access to internet users…

CCIA’s Statement On Google’s Response To EU Android Charges

Brussels, BELGIUM — Google offered its response today to the EU’s investigation into whether it imposed restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators in an anti-competitive way. Google said that Android and its free, open source operating system gives hundreds of manufacturers flexibility and thousands of app developers easy access to internet users…

CCIA Offers Statement On EU Competition Objections, Google’s Response

Brussels – Google defended itself today in an EU investigation into competition among online shopping and price comparison platforms, saying that even applying the EU’s narrow market definition that the market for price comparison sites is thriving. The Computer & Communications Industry Association has advocated for competitive markets and voiced opinions on tech industry competition…

DG Competition Reveals First Results of E-Commerce Sector Inquiry; Online Marketplace Bans Remain a Problem

Brussels, BELGIUM — Today DG Competition published its preliminary report on the E-commerce Sector Inquiry. The sector inquiry was launched in May 2015 as part of the Commission’s Digital Single Market Strategy. Its aim is to identify competition concerns in European e-commerce markets and private barriers to the completion of a digital single market. The…

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…