Tech Industry Warns Against French-German Plans To Weaken Encryption

Brussels, BELGIUM — French Interior Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, and German Interior Minister, Thomas de Maizière today called for a range of European security-related initiatives in Paris.  The ministers want their proposals discussed by the EU Heads of State and Government on 16 September. Cazeneuve welcomed the “undeniable progress” made by Internet operators to quickly remove…

CCIA, Industry Groups Encourage Swift Adoption Of Privacy Shield

Brussels, Belgium — CCIA and other members of the Industry Coalition for Data Protection (ICDP) today issued a joint statement to welcome the improved Privacy Shield text.  Privacy Shield will strengthen transatlantic data flows and provide legal certainty for European businesses and consumers.  It will moreover provide new safeguards which will also apply to other transatlantic…

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…

Tech Industry Supports Member States’ Efforts To Improve Criminal Justice In Cyberspace

Brussels, Belgium — The Computer & Communications Industry Association, DIGITALEUROPE and BSA issued the joint statement below praising EU Member States for their balanced approach to improving criminal justice while protecting the privacy of citizens online. The following can be attributed to CCIA Europe Director Christian Borggreen: “We support the EU’s aim to improve criminal…

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, SAPIE Present EU Presidency Recommendations To Slovak Leaders

Bratislava, Slovakia — Ahead of the Slovak Republic’s EU Presidency, SAPIE and CCIA met with political leaders and presented recommendations. CCIA Europe and SAPIE met with Slovak President Andrej Kiska, Deputy Minister of Economy and other senior government officials and shared policy recommendations on how Europe can digitally transform its economy and reap the innovation…

CCIA Welcomes Privacy Shield Package: Provides Legal Certainty, Strong Privacy Safeguards And Trust

Brussels — The European Justice Commissioner, Věra Jourová, today presented the full details of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, the new framework for transatlantic commercial data flows.   The framework includes major privacy safeguards including: strong obligations on participating companies and enforcement, limitations and safeguards on government access, redress possibilities for consumers, and annual reviews. Today’s…