Trade and Opening Global Markets

Trade and Opening Global Markets

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. BSA supports:

  • the Privacy Shield for trans-Atlantic data transfers;
  • eliminating non-competitive country-specific market barriers for IT products and services;
  • 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.

BSA Digital Trade Agenda

BSA has developed key elements of a trade agreement for the modern economy, set forth in Modernizing Digital Trade: An Agenda for Software. We urge a well constructed and modern trade agreement that includes truly 21st century obligations that drive job creation, competitiveness, and innovation.


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