JUL 07, 2020 | EUROPEAN UNION
Companies May Face Possible Data-Transfer Turmoil in EU Court Ruling
Bloomberg Law, July 7, 2020
By Daniel R. Stoller
US companies may need to brace for tougher restrictions on importing data from the European Union after the bloc’s top court rules next week on two legal mechanisms most use to ship the information. At stake is the transatlantic data market—worth hundreds of billions of dollars —that lets companies such as Alphabet Inc.'s Google, Facebook Inc., and Amazon.com Inc. use US-based facilities to serve European customers. European regulators want to ensure the mechanisms governing data transfers protect Europeans’ privacy as stringently outside of the bloc as within.
Invalidating either pact would create “significant disruptions” to the cross-border data market, said Thomas Boué, director of Europe, Middle East, and Africa policy at BSA | The Software Alliance, which counts Microsoft Corp., Oracle Corp., and Okta Inc. among its members. “If you can’t move HR data, how can you do payroll?”
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。