Publications

Documents from ACT | The App Association’s industry experts, including white papers, letters, filings, and policy briefs.

07/14/2016 – Letter to House and Senate Judiciary Committees regarding the International Communications Privacy Act (ICPA)
ACT | The App Association and a group of tech organizations urges the House and Senate Judiciary Committees to pass ICPA.


04/13/2016 – Letter to the House Judiciary Committee to support for the Manager’s Substitute Amendment to the Email Privacy Act

ACT | The App Association and its members write to commend the Judiciary Committee for their work on the reforms to the Email Privacy Act and to express the desire to see the process continue on several other sections of the bill.


04/12/2016 – Letter to Small Business Administration regarding the FCC’s consideration of rule changes to multichannel video programming
ACT | The App Association highlights the need to consider the perspective of small, innovative companies in the app industry.


04/05/2016 – Letter to the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee regarding Assembly Bill No. 2395
ACT | The App Association expresses its support for the bill and urges the bill’s advancement in the Committee as soon as practical.


01/26/2016 – Letter to Chairman Hatch, Ranking Member Wyden, Senator Isakson and Senator Warner regarding Medicare reform
ACT | The App Association writes to encourage all members to incorporate a key bipartisan bill that addresses the need for the Medicare program to leverage telehealth and remote monitoring


07/06/2015 – Letter to President Obama regarding encryption
ACT | The App Association urges President Obama to reconsider efforts to force U.S. companies to reduce the security they provide customers.


06/22/2015 – Letter to Senators Warner and Isakson regarding telemedicine and chronic care
ACT | The App Association urges the Senate to make medical mobile apps reimbursable under Medicare.


06/22/2015 – Letter to Senate Finance chronic care working group from ACT | The App Association and coalition regarding telemedicine
ACT | The App Association is joined by a coalition of health IT stakeholders to urge the Senate Finance Committee to prioritize the use and adoption of telehealth and RPM technologies.


06/11/2015 – Letter to House Judiciary Chairman and Ranking Member regarding opposition to expansion of CBM Program
On behalf of 5,000 mobile app and software companies, ACT | The App Association opposes the expansion of the Transitional Program for Covered Business Method Patents (CBM Program).


05/19/2015 – Letter to White House from ACT | The App Association and coalition regarding encryption
ACT | The App Association is joined by a broad coalition of trade groups, companies and cybersecurity experts to urge the Administration to adopt policies that promote widespread adoption of encryption technology.


03/01/2015 – Letter to Senators Fischer, Ayotte, Booker, and Schatz regarding the Developing Innovation and Growing the Internet of Things (DIGIT) Act
ACT | The App Association writes to support the DIGIT Act and encourages all members to support its passage.


02/27/2015 – Letter to original House cosponsors of the LEADS Act regarding the bill
ACT | The App Association lends strong support for the Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad (LEADS) Act.


02/12/2015 – Letter to original Senate cosponsors of the LEADS Act regarding the bill
ACT | The App Association lends strong support to the Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad Act (LEADS).


02/11/2015 – Letter to Senator Jerry Moran regarding the Startup Act
ACT | The App Association highlights the shortage of computer science graduates and how the Startup Act would help ameliorate the issue.


02/03/2015 – Letter to House Judiciary Chairman regarding the Innovation Act
ACT | The App Association lends strong support for the Innovation Act of 2015.


01/16/2015 – Letter to original Senate cosponsors of the I-Squared Act regarding the bill
ACT | The App Association highlights the dramatic shortage of software developers and engineers and how the I-Squared Act addresses the critical issue faced by app makers, startups, and small tech companies.


11/02/2014 – Letter to Congress from the Secretary of Health and Human Services regarding updating HIPAA guidance documents for the mobile world
HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell pledges to work with ACT | The App Association to update HIPAA guidance documents for the mobile world.


09/18/2014 – Letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services from Congress regarding updating HIPAA guidance documents for the mobile world
Congressmen Tom Marino and Peter DeFazio outline several steps HHS should take to update HIPAA for the mobile world.


09/15/2014 – Letter to Congress from ACT | The App Association and members regarding the need for updates to HIPAA guidance documents for the mobile world
ACT | The App Association and leading mobile health companies call on Congress to bring clarity to HIPAA. The group outlines specific changes and improvements that would benefit innovators in the space.


11/23/2013 – Letter to House Judiciary Chairman regarding the Innovation Act
ACT lends strong support for the Innovation Act of 2015.


11/22/2013 – Letter to the Department of Health and Human Services Health IT Policy Committee Vice Chairman from ACT and coalition regarding Stage 3 meaningful use definitions
ACT and other associations highlight important considerations for HHS’ Health Information Technology Policy Committee as they define Stage 3 meaningful use for electronic health records.


11/23/2013 – Letter to House Judiciary Chairman from ACT members regarding the Innovation Act
Twenty-three ACT members express support for the transparency and fee shifting aspects of the Innovation Act, but raise concern over expansion of the covered business method (CBM) patent post-grant review process.


10/28/2013 – Letter to House Judiciary Chairman and Ranking Member from ACT members regarding CBM provision of the Innovation Act
Fifteen ACT members highlight their strong concerns with the covered business method (CBM) provisions of the Innovation Act.


06/25/2013 – Letter to Google regarding SHARKERAPP’s counterfeit apps in the Google Play store
ACT highlights the malicious intent of a Google Play developer named SHARKERAPP that counterfeits popular kids’ apps and targets a dangerous form of malware at children and families.


06/25/2013 – Letter to House Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology Chairman regarding mobile health apps
ACT highlights small companies innovating in the mobile health space.


04/30/2013 – Letter to California State Senate from ACT and coalition of organizations regarding SB 501
ACT and a coalition of organizations oppose California Senate’s SB 501, which would violate the privacy rights of older teenagers.


02/04/2013 – Letter to House Judiciary Committee members regarding tying STEM education funding to fees from green cards and H-1B visas
ACT expresses support for immigration reform and tying STEM education funding to fees from green cards and H-1B visas.


01/28/2013 – Letter to original Senate cosponsors of the I-Squared Act regarding the bill
ACT lends support for the I-Squared Act and highlights how it would address issues faced by the software industry.


04/10/2012 – Letter to California State Assembly member regarding Assembly Bill 1791
ACT expresses support for California’s AB 1791, which promotes the lawful use of software in state contracts.


12/14/2011 – Letter to Senators regarding the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act
ACT applauds efforts to prevent foreign rogue websites from selling deadly counterfeit pharmaceuticals, unsafe toys and pirated content, and offers suggestions to be included in the OPEDTA.


12/14/2011 – Letter to House Judiciary Chairman regarding the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)
ACT highlights areas of concern with the Stop Online Piracy Act and applauds the Chairman’s commitment to protecting innovation and creativity.


07/28/2011 – Letter to FCC Chairman regarding the AT&T-T-Mobile merger
ACT expresses support for the AT&T-T-Mobile merger.


03/28/2011 – Letter to Senate Majority Leader regarding a letter sent to Apple, RIM and Google on traffic apps
ACT expresses concern and confusion over a letter sent from a group of senators to Apple, RIM and Google regarding traffic apps in their respective stores.


07/21/2010 – Letter to Senate Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Related Agencies Chairwoman and Ranking Member regarding the administration’s FY10 budget request
ACT urges the Senate Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Related Agencies to approve the administration’s FY10 budget request to allow the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to use all the fees it will collect for the year.


04/18/2007 – Letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman and Ranking Member from coalition of organizations on the Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Act
ACT and a coalition of organizations ask the Senate Judiciary Chairman and Ranking Member to schedule a hearing on S. 522, the “Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Act.”


11/01/2002 – Letter to Senate regarding Daschle-Lieberman amendment to the Department of Homeland Security Bill
ACT opposes the Daschle-Lieberman Amendment to the Department of Homeland Security Bill and describes how it could hurt technology contractors.


07/18/2002 – Letter to National Commission to Ensure Consumer Information and Choice in the Airline Industry regarding Orbitz and e-commerce
ACT raises concern over protectionist measures sought by “brick and mortar” travel agents and highlights the importance of competition and investment in information technology to serve consumers.


11/28/2001 – Letter to House of Representatives from ACT members regarding Trade Promotion Bill
Twenty-four ACT members lend support for the bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority bill.

05/12/2017 – Amicus Brief in Support of the Federal Trade Commission Respecting Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss

ACT | The App Association outlines the threat posed by standard essential patent (SEP) licensing to innovation, competition, and interoperability for small businesses and startups.


05/07/2017 – Multi-Stakeholder Comments to the European Commission on the Draft Roadmap, “Communication from the Commission on Standard Essential Patents for a European digitalised economy”

European Union small businesses outline concerns about European standardization policies involving standard essential patents subject to commitments to license on FRAND terms.


09/26/2016 – Comments to DOJ and FTC Regarding Proposed Updates to Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property
ACT | The App Association supports the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission’s efforts to provide clarity on antitrust enforcement policy and urge the agencies to acknowledge FRAND commitments in the revised guidelines.


06/27/2016 – Comments to CMS Regarding Proposed Rules and Regulations on Medicare Payment 

ACT | The App Association and a broad coalition of companies and organizations provide comments to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services on its proposed rulemaking on the use of connected health technology.


06/27/2016 – Comments of the Connected Health Initiative on CMS Medicare and Medicaid Payment Regulations
ACT | The App Association’s Connected Health Initiative (CHI) provides comments to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services on its proposed rulemaking on the use of connected health technology.


06/06/2016 – Comments on the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology’s Interim Provision on Mobile Application Pre-Installation and Distribution
ACT | The App Association raises concerns with the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology on the interim regulation on app pre-installation and distribution.


06/03/2016 – Comments regarding Medicare Access and the CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015
ACT | The App Association’s Connected Health Initiative (CHI) writes to the Department of Health and Human Services in response to its RFI on electronic health record technology.


06/02/2016 – Comments to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration following their RFC on the Internet of Things
ACT | The App Association writes to provide the input of its members and express their views on the Internet of Things and to commend NTIA’s initiative in seeking more information on the matter.


05/26/2016 – Comments on Indonesian Ministry of Communications and Information’s Draft Regulation, Number 52616 of 2016, OTT Provision
ACT | The App Association writes to express our concern that the proposed legislation will create unnecessary burdens for small business wishing to enter the Indonesian digital marketplace.


05/24/2016 – Comments of ACT | The App Association regarding NIST Special Publication 800-150, Guide to Cyber Threat Information Sharing
ACT | The App Association writes to applaud NIST for the scope of their report and contribute input from our members on their positions on digital information sharing and the risks and challenges that they face.


04/21/2016 – Comments to the to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the Food and Drug Administration’s Draft Guidance & Postmarket Management of Cybersecurity in Medical Devices
ACT | The App Association writes to applaud the FDA for their leadership in promoting scalable and flexible cybersecurity management policies and provides comments to encourage further innovation.


04/01/2016 – Comments to the U.S. Copyright Office regarding its Notice of Inquiry, Section 512 Study, 80 FR 81369
ACT | The App Association writes to emphasize the importance of intellectual property laws and strongly supports intellectual property protection.


03/22/2016 – Amicus Brief to the U.S. District Court of the Central District of California Eastern Division in support of Apple, Inc.
ACT | The App Association discusses the burdens that the Department of Justice’s order would place on software developers and outlines future damages to the U.S. economy.


03/03/2016 – Comments on the U.S. Copyright Office’s Notice of Inquiry, Section 1201 Study: Notice and Request for Public Comment, 80 FR 81369
ACT | The App Association writes to emphasize the danger of online and mobile app piracy and to validate the need for extensive copyright measures.


02/16/2016 – Comments to the U.S. Copyright Office regarding the Software-Enabled Consumer Products Study
ACT | The App Association highlights how developing and licensing creative content is critical to companies in the mobile economy, and discusses threats faced by app makers.


12/28/2015 – Comments to the Food and Drug Administration regarding using technologies and innovative methods to conduct FDA-regulated clinical investigations of investigational drugs
ACT | The App Association discusses how apps can vastly improve clinical trials, and urges the FDA to encourage adoption of these technologies.


12/15/2015 – Comments to HHS regarding the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Medicare and Medicaid Programs
ACT | The App Association writes to provide comments to the CMS on the criteria that relevant parties must meet to qualify for EHR incentive payments.


12/02/2015 – Amicus Brief submitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in support of Apple, Inc.
ACT | The App Association supports appellant Apple, Inc. and highlights the innovations made possible through iBooks, the iBookstore, and the iPad.


11/17/2015 – Comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services from ACT | The App Association and telehealth coalition regarding new provisions in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015
ACT | The App Association and a broad coalition of health and tech companies highlight regulatory restrictions that are limiting patient access to telehealth and remote monitoring technologies.


04/15/2015 – Comments to Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology on Request for Information & Updates to the ONC Voluntary Personal Health Record Model Privacy Notice
ACT | The App Association appreciates the ONC’s seeking of public input towards updating the MPN to better align with the current consumer health technology landscape.


05/20/2014 – Comments to the Federal Trade Commission from ACT | The App Association members regarding the Mobile Security Project
ACT | The App Association members highlight the need for secure platform design, distribution channels, and development practices.


05/07/2014 – Ex parte filing to the Federal Communications Commission regarding mobile spectrum holdings and incentive auctions
ACT | The App Association highlights the immediate need for more spectrum in more places.


09/17/2013 – Reply comments to ICANN regarding the Proposal to Mitigate Name Collision Risks
ACT | The App Association highlights the cost and insecurity of the proposed plan and provides additional suggestions to ICANN.


08/27/2013 – Comments to ICANN regarding the Proposal to Mitigate Name Collision Risks
ACT | The App Association raises concerns with ICANN’s proposal, highlighting the importance of DNS as well as problems with the current TLD release structure.


06/13/2013 – Comments to ICANN Chairman of the Board of Directors and President and CEO regarding Google’s amended application for the .APP gTLD
ACT | The App Association raises concerns over ICANN’s preliminary acceptance of Google’s amended application for the .APP gTLD.


06/04/2013 – Reply comments to ICANN’s New gTLD Board Committee regarding GAC Safeguards Advice
ACT | The App Association highlights considerations for the New gLTD Board Committee to evaluate and adopt before granting the .APP gTLD.


04/15/2013 – Comments to the United States Patent and Trade Office regarding quality software-related patents
ACT | The App Association suggests ways to improve software-related patents.


04/02/2013 – Additional comments to the U.S. International Trade Commission regarding technology standards
ACT | The App Association highlights the importance of technology standards and the severely harmful effects of issuing exclusion orders for FRAND-committed patents.


01/28/2013 – Comments to the Federal Communications Commission regarding AT&T and NTCA’s petitions to the Commission
ACT | The App Association highlights the need for beta tests to facilitate the transition to network infrastructure capable of providing new IP-based services and applications.


01/09/2013 – Comments to the Federal Trade Commission regarding Robert Bosch GmbH
ACT | The App Association requests and recommends that the Commission uphold its decision and support standards bodies and the commitment to license patents under FRAND terms.


09/24/2012 – Reply comments to the Federal Trade Commission regarding COPPA Rule Review
ACT | The App Association highlights problems with the FTC’s COPPA Rule Review.


07/10/2012 – Ex parte filing to the Federal Communications Commission regarding Verizon’s spectrum purchase application
ACT | The App Association supports FCC efforts to free up spectrum for more wireless communications and data traffic.


06/08/2012 – Comments to the International Trade Commission regarding gaming and entertainment consoles, related software, and components
ACT | The App Association raises concern about the impact of granting an exclusion order for Standards Essential Patents.


06/06/2012 – Comments to the International Trade Commission regarding certain wireless communications devices, portable music and data processing devices, computers, and components
ACT | The App Association highlights the importance of technology standards and opposes an exclusion order when the patents are part of a standard.


04/02/2012 – Comments to the Department of Commerce regarding the Multistakeholder Process to Develop Consumer Data Privacy Codes of Conduct
ACT | The App Association highlights key messages from app makers with regards to privacy concerns and voluntary codes of conduct for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).


12/23/2011 – Comments to the Federal Trade Commission regarding the COPPA Rule Review
ACT | The App Association outlines key messages and provides several case studies in regards to COPPA and the FTC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.


10/24/2011 – Reply comments to the International Trade Commission regarding certain personal data and mobile communications devices and related software
ACT | The App Association urges the ITC to not be swayed by submissions that suggest the Commission act outside the boundaries set for its authority.


08/05/2011 – Comments to the Federal Trade Commission regarding the Patent Standards Workshop
ACT | The App Association urges the FTC to affirmatively support the continued flexibility of relevant stakeholders to define the patent policy that best meets their needs.


12/17/2010 – Comments to the Department of Commerce Internet Policy Task Force regarding copyright policy, creativity, and innovation in the internet economy
ACT | The App Association comments on the three specific areas identified by the task force.


11/04/2010 – Reply comments to the Federal Communications Commission regarding broadband industry practices and preserving the open internet
ACT highlights how reliable network resources are essential for growth in the mobile marketplace, meaning spectrum will need to be carefully managed.


11/01/2010 – Amici Brief submitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in support of Rosetta Stone Ltd.
ACT | The App Association and a coalition of organizations support appellant Rosetta Stone and highlight the District Court’s improper requirements for a Dilution Claim.


04/26/2010 – Reply comments to the Federal Communications Commission regarding broadband industry practices and preserving the open internet
ACT | The App Association urges the FCC to reject negativity and support a world that holds with the four gateway principles, allowing unfettered freedom to innovate in the broadband arena.


01/14/2010 – Comments to the Federal Communications Commission regarding broadband industry practices and preserving the open internet
ACT | The App Association highlights how new rules from the FCC should establish a protective floor, but not an innovation ceiling.

 

09/14/2016 – Jonathan Zuck at the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts
Protecting Internet Freedom: Implications of Ending U.S. Oversight of the Internet


05/24/2016 – Morgan Reed at the House Small Business Committee
The Sharing Economy: A Taxing Experience for New Entrepreneurs


03/02/2016 – Morgan Reed at the House Science Subcommittee on Research and Technology
Smart Health: Empowering the Future of Mobile Apps


07/29/2015 – Morgan Reed at the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet
Internet of Things


07/23/2015 – Morgan Reed at the House Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology
Modern Tools in a Modern World: How App Technology is Benefitting Small Businesses


05/13/2015 – Jonathan Zuck at the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet
Stakeholder Perspectives on ICANN: The .Sucks Domain and Essential Steps to Guarantee Trust and Accountability in the Internet’s Operation


09/17/2014 – Jonathan Zuck at the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet
Chapter 12 of Title 17


04/25/2013 – Morgan Reed at the House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce
Help Wanted: The Small Business STEM Workforce Shortage and Immigration Reform


07/20/2012 – Morgan Reed at the House Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade
Where the Jobs Are: Moving the Economy with Mobile Apps


07/19/2012 – Morgan Reed at the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet
New Technologies and Innovations in the Mobile and Online Space, and the Implications for Public Policy


03/29/2012 – Jonathan Zuck at the House Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade
Balancing Privacy and Innovation: Does the President’s Proposal Tip the Scale?


10/05/2011 – Morgan Reed at the House Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade
Protecting Children’s Privacy in an Electronic World


06/16/2011 – Morgan Reed at the Committee on House Administration
Modernizing Information Delivery in the House


05/19/2011 – Morgan Reed at Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance
Consumer Protection and Privacy in the Mobile Marketplace


05/10/2011 – Jonathan Zuck at Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law
Protecting Mobile Privacy: Your Smartphones, Tablets, Cellphones And Your Privacy


11/18/2010 – Mike Sax at Senate Finance Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness
International Trade in the Digital Economy


09/16/2010 – Morgan Reed at House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy
Competition in the Evolving Digital Marketplace


02/20/2006 – Jonathan Zuck to House Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection
HR 4678


07/18/2002 – Jonathan Zuck at House Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection
Are All Online Travel Sites Good for the Consumer: An Examination of Supplier Owned Online Travel Sites


10/08/2002 – Jonathan Zuck at the Federal Trade Commission
E-Commerce Barriers


12/12/2001 – Jonathan Zuck at Senate Judicary
The Microsoft Settlement: A Look to the Future

04/18/2016 – The Trans-Pacific Partnership, Small Businesses, and the App Economy 
While the global digital economy holds great promise for small app companies, they face an array of challenges entering new markets. These barriers take many forms but have the same net effect: impeding U.S. exports and investment. ACT | The App Association has carefully reviewed the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and is pleased to support the agreement and advocate for its passage in Congress.


02/04/2015 – New Cloud Privacy Standard: ISO 27018
ISO 27018 is the first international standard around cloud privacy. This voluntary standard for CSPs fosters transparency about privacy practices and helps businesses find the right cloud for their needs.


11/28/2011 – Future of Computing: Integration and UX Design
The computing industry is going through a mobile revolution as svelte, powerful, and power-sipping devices are freeing users from their power cords. On the heels of the smartphone, notebook, and netbook booms, tablet computers are changing the dynamics of the computing industry.


12/15/2009 – Exponential Innovation: Understanding the Computer Chip Market and the Symbiotic Relationship Between the Processor and Software Innovation
Chipmakers work closely with software developers to ensure applications and IT services can take advantage of new hardware features. Likewise, chipmakers hear from programmers who require faster, improved processors for new applications.


06/01/2009 – Paying for Free: Security, Privacy, and Sustainability Costs for “Free” Software
The traditional total cost of software ownership does not consider the unique costs and benefits of free software and services, particularly if delivered through the internet.


06/01/2007 – Consumer Demand Drives Innovation and Integration in Desktop Computing
Success in the computer desktop market is all about reading and responding to consumer demand. Although desktop competitors look at common clues for consumer preferences, they respond based on unique technology and new business models.


02/01/2007 – National Policies as Platforms for Innovation: Reconciling a Flat World with Creative Cities
Antitrust law, intellectual property rights, and international trade are distinctly national policies for promoting innovation and increasing competitiveness.


02/21/2002 – Swiss Cheese Windows: Estimating Some Costs of the Nine State Remedy
The aim of this report is to assess the direct impact on software companies who create, market, and support applications that already run on Windows.