Category Archives: Law and Regulations Department

EU Intellectual Property Consultation: eco Submits Own Reply

In December 2013, the EU Commission called for companies, associations and individuals to participate in a public consultation on the topic of Intellectual Property. As such consultations at the Commission serve to build a  picture of public opinion, and to weigh up the need for regulatory action, eco decided to participate with their own reply. This reply has now been submitted. Continue reading

Internet Day: Now is the Time to Set the Course for the Future

eco calls for a master plan for Internet policy from the Union and SPD

The Internet is celebrating its birthday – on 29 October 1969, data was transferred for the very first time between two host computers several hundred kilometers apart. From this experiment, an unparalleled success story developed: In Germany alone, 80,000 new jobs are expected to be created in the Internet industry by the year 2016. A precondition for this is, however, that the new German government sets the right course now. The Association of the German Internet Industry, eco, is therefore viewing the coalition negotiations with concern: The allocation of Internet themes to different working groups is fuelling skepticism about whether a coherent concept will emerge. Continue reading

eco Supports CSU Push for End to Surveillance of Citizens

Abandonment of blanket data retention will benefit all involved

The Chairman of the German political party the CSU, Horst Seehofer, is doubtful about blanket data retention. The Association of the German Internet Industry, eco, supports his initiative to incorporate a civil-libertarian provision in the coalition contract for the formation of the new German federal government. In the eyes of Oliver Süme, eco Director of Policy and Law, all parties involved stand to benefit from this: “Citizens will no longer be treated like criminals. Industry will not need to throw hundreds of millions of euros out of the window. And the police will be protected from the unbelievable mountains of data, which have previously been more of a hindrance than a help in fighting crime.”
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