Senate Judiciary Advances Measure To Give Government Greater Control Over Online Content, Opens Risks For Online Security Through Patchwork Of State Laws

Washington — The Senate Judiciary Committee took a step toward approving legislation, S. 3398, the “Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies” (EARNIT) Act, which would weaken the law companies rely upon to address objectionable activity online, commonly referred to as Section 230. In March, when the bill was introduced, the Computer & Communications…

DOJ Proposes Modifying Law Supporting Free Speech Online In Effort To Pressure Internet Companies On Content Moderation Policies

Washington — Today the Justice Department announced a proposal to alter the law that allows internet users to instantly communicate online. The law, known as Section 230, was envisioned to protect free speech online while giving digital services legal certainty to remove objectionable content without risk of liability. DOJ’s proposal, which would require Congressional approval,…

CCIA, 4 Associations Send Letter Warning Of Encryption, Safety Risks Of New Bill

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association sent a letter signed by 4 other associations warning Congress of the collateral dangers of altering the law that gives internet companies legal certainty to remove nefarious content. Under current law companies are granted liability protections which enable them to remove offensive content. Now several Senators are…

CCIA Warns Section 230 Bill Sets Up Government Censorship Of Online Speech; Less Freedom For Internet Sites To Remove Extremist Content

Washington — Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., has introduced legislation that would give tech companies the option of either applying to the government for a license to remove particular content like hate speech — or take an entirely hands-off approach. The bill to remove Section 230 liability protections without a government license and scrutiny of a…

CCIA Disappointed Senate Passed Bill That Fails To Effectively Address Sex Trafficking

Washington — The Senate has passed legislation that would narrow critical “Section 230” protections for online companies working with law enforcement to combat human trafficking. Earlier versions of the bill, including one that House Judiciary leadership tried to advance, offered better solutions to patrol for sex trafficking online, while also supporting the efforts of legitimate…

CCIA Cautions Congress About Altering Internet Liability Rules

Washington — As Congress works to reduce human trafficking, the House is making additional changes that are expected to ensnare legitimate tech companies, with no evidence this plan would actually help stop trafficking. An amended bill that may rescind critical intermediary protections for internet companies is expected to get a House vote early next week.…

CCIA Supports House Amendment Providing Additional Tools to Fight Sex Trafficking

Washington — At a markup Tuesday morning, House Judiciary committee leadership is expected to introduce an amendment to H.R. 1865, the “Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017.” The amendment would provide additional tools to target criminals engaged in sex trafficking and ensure that companies that collaborate in these actions…

CCIA Encouraged By Progress on SESTA, Though Concerns Remain

Washington — As Congress works to reduce sex trafficking online, bill sponsors recently announced progress that has been made in tailoring the legislation to better ensure the intended target, while reducing unintended consequences. The Computer & Communications Industry Association appreciates efforts to revise the bill to address wide-ranging concerns from industry and public interest stakeholders,…