NOV 29, 2016 | EUROPEAN UNION
Tech Industry Calls Upon Member States to Prohibit Data Localisation
Brussels – November 29, 2016 – In a joint letter to Member States, leading business organisations (ICDP (Industry Coalition for Data Protection) have voiced their concerns about the rising use of data localisation requirements in some EU Member States and the Commission’s recent decision not to issue a strong regulatory proposal in support of the free flow of data principle. “Data localisation requirements run counter to the spirit and objectives of the Single Market. Such measures will result in market fragmentation, impeding the flow of services, goods and capital and reducing the EU’s attractiveness for foreign investments” said Thomas Boué, BSA Director General, Policy-EMEA. “We urge Member States to secure the EU’s path towards growth and strengthen its Single Market by supporting a strong and ambitious EU initiative that will firmly establish the free flow of data principle in a Regulation” he concluded.
Data localization requirements typically mandate storing data in a datacenter that is physically situated in the same country where the data originated. Cross-border data movements underpin every economic activity, cutting across sectors, industries and value chains. They have become an essential component of the Single Market, enabling key technologies that empower individuals, businesses and governments.
BSA |“软件联盟”(www.bsa.org) 是全球软件行业的主要倡导者，旨在代表该行业，向政府和国际市场发声。其成员包括全球最具创新力的公司，这些公司制定的软件解决方案，不但能够刺激经济，还能提升现代生活的品质。
BSA 的总部位于华盛顿特区，其营运机构遍布 30 多个国家。BSA 凭借这些机构，率先涉足合规项目，以期促进使用合法软件、倡导制定公共政策，并以此培养技术创新能力，以及推动发展数字经济。