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Cross-Border Data / Data Localization

The rapid and seamless movement of data across borders is essential to the 21st century global economy. Cross-border data transfers allow software companies to provide new and innovative services to every sector of the economy – driving growth, enabling the technologies of the future, improving health and safety, and promoting social good. BSA supports international data transfer agreements such as the EU US Privacy Shield, data transfer frameworks such as the APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules, and data transfer provisions in trade agreements.

Data Localization

Some countries are considering, or have implemented, measures that mandate data localization.  Laws that require data to be stored locally, or that restrict the movement of data across borders, not only impede innovation in the development of cutting-edge technology, but also put every local business at a competitive disadvantage by limiting the services available to them. BSA advocates the adoption of trade norms to prevent data localization requirements and opposes new localization proposals and requirements in markets around the world.

Global Data Alliance: BSA's Cross-Industry Coalition

The free movement of data across borders drives economic growth, development, and opportunity for all. Learn more by visiting www.globaldataalliance.org.


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Privacy Shield: The Privacy Shield Supports Responsible International Data Transfers

DEC 18, 2019 | US

The Privacy Shield is a government-backed voluntary program that creates a mechanism for companies to transfer personal data from the European Union to the United States, consistent with EU privacy laws.

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Cross-Border Transfer: Myths vs. Facts

JUN 11, 2019 | US

The rapid and seamless movement of data across borders is essential to the 21st century global economy — driving growth and innovation across all sectors. Some countries, however, are considering — or have implemented — measures that mandate data localization and restrict cross-border data flows.

US: Please Support USMCA

US: Please Support USMCA

AUG 02, 2019 | US

The USMCA’s digital trade and IP rules will accelerate economic growth, create new jobs, and foster innovation in America.

Cross-Border Data Flows

Cross-Border Data Flows

NOV 12, 2017 | GLOBAL

Data moving across borders is critical for the services that sustain global commerce, improve health and safety, promote social good, and enable the technologies of the future.



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