WASHINGTON, DC — December 18, 2013 —
As European Commission and US trade negotiators convene in Washington, DC for a third round of discussions on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), BSA | The Software Alliance today urged officials to continue working toward an agreement that sets a high standard for global trade rules on information technology and digital services.
“The TTIP is an important opportunity to establish trade rules that will avoid digital protectionism, grow the digital economy across the Atlantic, and set a positive precedent for other markets,” said David Ohrenstein, director of global trade policy for BSA. “The United States and Europe are the world’s most advanced information economies, with both markets reaping huge societal and economic benefits from digital services.”
BSA is advocating for provisions in the TTIP that would foster trade in innovative services, ensure data can flow across borders, promote high levels of intellectual property protection, and promote the use of market-led, internationally accepted technology standards. BSA further urges negotiators to use the agreement to open up government procurement, and to eliminate “forced localization” requirements that benefit local industries at the expense of foreign competitors.
“There is already vibrant transatlantic digital trade that relies on data and information flowing freely between the two markets. The TTIP can ensure this trade continues to grow to the benefit of businesses and consumers on both sides of the Atlantic,” said Ohrenstein. “Certainly, governments have legitimate policy goals to promote security, privacy and consumer protection, but achieving such goals should not be done in ways that impede or distort digital trade.”