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EU’s Disastrous Internet Law: What Happens Next?
In a stunning rejection of the will of five million online petitioners, and over 100,000 protestors this weekend, the European Parliament has abandoned common-sense and the advice of academics, technologists, and UN human rights experts, and approved the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive in its entirety. There’s now little that can stop these provisions from becoming the law of the land across Europe. The results will be drawn-out, and chaotic. Unlike EU Regulations like the GDPR, which become law on passage by the central EU institutions, EU Directives have to be transposed: written into each member country’s national law. Countries have until 2021 to transpose the Copyright Directive, but EU rarely keeps its members to that deadline, so it could take even longer. We can expect media and rightsholders to lobby for the most draconian possible national laws, then promptly march to the courts to extract fines whenever anyone online wanders over its fuzzy lines. The Directive is written so that any owner of copyrighted material can demand satisfaction from an Internet service, and we’ve already seen that the rightsholders are by no means united on what Big Tech should be doing. Whatever Internet companies and organizations do to comply with twenty-seven or more national laws – from dropping links to European news sites entirely, to upping their already over-sensitive filtering systems, or seeking to strike deals with key media conglomerates – will be challenged by one rightsholder faction or another.
Privacy Principles For A Modern National Regulatory Framework
There are a range of strong privacy, data security, consumer protection, and anti-discrimination laws that exist today. These include Section 5 of the FTC Act and the Clayton Act, as well as more than 15 other federal statutes and implementing regulations that are sector specific or relate to particular activities. Additionally, there are myriad state laws relating to privacy and data security, enforced by state attorneys general or private litigants, including state data breach notification statutes and unfair and deceptive acts and practices statutes; data security and encryption laws; and a variety of other privacy laws that relate to online privacy, social security numbers, and data brokers. Our member companies comply with these current laws as well as with self-regulatory principles and rules that govern how they operate and do business. However, this array of laws also creates a “patchwork” effect that complicate compliance efforts and lead to inconsistent experiences for individuals.
In the Matter of Rural Call Completion
The FCC's rural call completion data collection, reporting and retention requirements not only are ineffective at addressing alleged rural call completion problems, but also involve substantial compliance costs, and should accordingly be eliminated.
Chinese Cybersecurity Law Reform
82% American companies doing business in China are "somewhat or very concerned" at how the new data security regulations, which came into effect in June, could impact their business in the world's second-largest economy. Among the most contentious clauses is the new law's mandate requiring what it calls "network operators" and "critical information infrastructure operators" to submit to government security reviews, which some companies fear will involve turning over encryption keys to Beijing. China’s data policies disrupt communications between a company’s China facilities and its other global operations; stifle cross-border innovation; and increase costs by requiring the installation of duplicative IT infrastructure. Chinese and foreign companies are unable to use many innovative cloud computing solutions in China due to China’s overly restrictive licensing regime. These policies complicate the cost, efficiency, and information security considerations for both foreign and domestic company operations in Ch
Save Daily Fantasy Sports in Texas
The hundreds of thousands of Texans who play daily fantasy sports have their pastimes at risk. On January 19, 2016, Attorney General Abbott unilaterally issued an opinion letter declaring fantasy sports illegal under 47.02 of the Penal Code, misapprehending Texas law and showing a fundamental misunderstanding of the basic facts of DFS. Already, the state has forced out FanDuel, and many DraftKings players have withdrawn as well.
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