JUL 01, 2020 | GLOBAL
USMCA’s Cross-Border Data Transfer Provisions Enter Into Force, Setting a New Global Standard
WASHINGTON – July 1, 2020 – The Global Data Alliance welcomes today's entry into force of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which contains the world's most advanced provisions on cross-border data transfers and data localization.
"The USMCA's data transfer provisions are a defining feature of this 21st Century trade agreement," stated Joseph Whitlock, Policy Director at BSA. "These provisions safeguard future access for American, Canadian, and Mexican companies and citizens to the economic opportunities and the cutting-edge technologies needed to compete in the global economy."
The USMCA’s data transfer provisions: (1) prohibit unnecessary data transfer restrictions; (2) protect against discrimination that would favor domestic data transfers over cross-border transfers; (3) apply to all sectors including financial services; and (4) stipulate that any data transfer rules must not: constitute disguised restrictions on trade, support arbitrary or unjustifiable discrimination, or impose transfer restrictions that are greater than are necessary. The USMCA also prohibits data localization mandates.
The USMCA data transfer provisions are critical to North American competitiveness and jobs. They also stand as a model for the world. In every sector of the economy, cross-border data transfers provide benefits — enabling innovation, creating jobs, and promoting productivity, safety, and environmental responsibility — through 21st century technologies like cloud computing, blockchain, data analytics, and artificial intelligence. Cross-border data transfers also enable every stage of the value chain, from R&D to production to post-sale service. By some estimates, 75% of the value of data transfers accrues to traditional industries like agriculture, logistics, and manufacturing. For more information, please see www.globaldataalliance.org
About the Global Data Alliance
The Global Data Alliance (globaldataalliance.org) is a cross-industry coalition of companies that are committed to high standards of data responsibility and that rely on the ability to transfer data around the world to innovate and create jobs. The Alliance supports policies that help instill trust in the digital economy while safeguarding the ability to transfer data across borders and refraining from imposing data localization requirements that restrict trade.
Alliance members include BSA members and American Express, Amgen, AT&T, ITB360, LEGO, Mastercard, Panasonic, Pfizer, Roche, United Airlines, Verizon, Visa, and WD-40 Company. These companies are headquartered across the globe and are active in the advanced manufacturing, aerospace, automotive, consumer goods, electronics, energy, financial services, health, supply chain, and telecommunications sectors, among others. BSA | The Software Alliance administers the Global Data Alliance.
BSA | The Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) ist die globale Stimme der Software-Industrie gegenüber Politik und Wirtschaft. Die Mitglieder der BSA gehören zu den innovativsten Unternehmen weltweit und erarbeiten neue Software-Lösungen, die die Wirtschaft antreiben und das moderne Leben von heute prägen.
Die BSA mit Hauptsitz in Washington, D.C., und Niederlassungen in über 30 Ländern weltweit leistet Pionierarbeit in der Schaffung von Programmen zur Einhaltung und Durchsetzung geistiger Eigentumsrechte und der Einführung von Richtlinien, auf deren Basis technologische Innovationen und die digitale Wirtschaft gefördert werden.