SIIA Digital Policy Roundup: SIIA Brief Defends Online Info. Service from Tax, White House Supports Industry Piracy Effort and Key Cyber Draft Circulated in Senate

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SIIA Legal Brief Defends Digital Information Services from Sales Tax

Last week, SIIA filed an Amicus Curiae Brief in support of Thompson Reuters in its appeal to the Treasury Department of the state of Michigan. At issue in the case is whether an information service, accessed online via the Internet, is subject to Michigan use tax. In the brief, SIIA concurs with Thomson Reuters’ assertion that providing an information service online does not constitute delivery of tangible personal property, different from providing a service either via CD-Rom or some other tangible form, and is thus immune to Michigan’s use tax. Read more on SIIA’s Digital Discourse Blog.

White House Supports Industry Effort to Combat Online Piracy

On Monday, U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel offered praise for the recently unveiled industry-developed best practices to keep online ads off websites that illegally offer pirated content and counterfeit products. Espinel lauded the effort as a good example of how the public and private sector can work to combat piracy and counterfeiting and highlighted that this effort is an important component of a comprehensive approach to the problems associated with online infringement, including increased law enforcement, educational awareness, and increased cooperation with our trading partners in order to promote innovation, support jobs, increase exports, and maintain our global competitiveness.

New Cybersecurity Legislation Introduced in Senate

Last week, Senate Commerce The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) announced cybersecurity legislation to improve cybersecurity research, education and public awareness, while also tasking the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop voluntary cyber standards and best practices for critical infrastructure, as they have been doing at the direction of the President’s Executive Order earlier this year. In addition to circulating the discussion draft, Chairman Rockefeller reiterated that the Committee will consider the legislation prior to the August recess.

Mobile Privacy Code on Hold for Another Week

For those of you sitting on the edge of your seats waiting to learn about the outcome of the last scheduled meeting for the multistakeholder draft code of conduct on mobile privacy, the meeting was postponed until July 25 because of a scheduling conflict for the Administration. This meeting will be a very important one where the code may see a vote for final approval. We’ll keep you posted!

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David David LeDuc is Senior Director, Public Policy at SIIA. He focuses on e-commerce, privacy, cyber security, cloud computing, open standards, e-government and information policy. Follow the SIIA public policy team on Twitter at @SIIAPolicy.