Data services rely on the ability to transfer data across borders. Some countries are pursuing data localization requirements or other restrictions on data transfers. These policies chill innovation and harm the ability of US companies to compete. BSA supports:
- the Privacy Shield for trans-Atlantic data transfers;
- eliminating non-competitive country-specific market barriers for IT products and services that restrict the ability of US companies to compete overseas;
- strong data flow commitments among trading partners; and
- Urging trading partners to reject arbitrary geographic restrictions and requirements for data-storage facilities
In addition, opening markets requires trade rules and policies that ensure government procurement is open to foreign products and services, technology standards are developed through industry-led processes, and security-related regulations are not used as disguised barriers to foreign products.