MAR 19, 2015 | US
Software Execs Call on Congress to Pass Trade Promotion Authority with Strong Data Provisions
WASHINGTON, DC —March 20, 2015 —
Software industry executives today urged Congress to move quickly to pass updated Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation with strong digital trade provisions in a letter sent to Congressional committee leadership. The letter, signed by BSA | The Software Alliance’s Board of Directors and Victoria Espinel, BSA President & CEO, points to the need for rules protecting the movement of data across borders and the increase in policies around the world that would hinder market access for digital products and services.
BSA member companies signing the letter include Adobe, Altium, ANSYS, Apple, Autodesk, CA Technologies, Dell, IBM, Microsoft, Minitab, Oracle, salesforce.com, Siemens PLM Software, Symantec.
The group writes, “We are seeing a growing number of countries enacting measures that restrict cross-border data flows or require data processing to occur within the nation’s borders… We need trade agreements to address these market access restrictions on digital commerce directly. Today, our agreements do not specifically prohibit restrictions on cross-border data flows and data localization. To have a truly 21st century trade regime, which empowers commercial opportunities where the United States has real competitive advantage, we need our negotiators to focus on these barriers specifically. We urge prompt action on TPA to set specific goals on open markets for digital trade.”
Today’s letter comes shortly after BSA’s board members gathered in Washington for meetings with policymakers to advance a bipartisan, achievable, pro-growth agenda focused on removing trade barriers, advancing patent reform, and balancing privacy protections and government access to private data.
Click here to download the letter.
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。