SEP 30, 2018 | US
BSA Praises New, Modernized USMCA Agreement
WASHINGTON – October 1, 2018 – BSA | The Software Alliance applauds the announcement of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), in connection with efforts to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). We are pleased to see the agreement includes digital trade provisions similar to BSA’s digital trade agenda and we look forward to working with Congress on the implementation of the agreement.
BSA supports digital trade provisions that ensure data can be transferred cross-border; minimize restrictions on where data can be stored and processed; prohibit discriminatory rules from being applied to digital products; limit requirements to disclose proprietary source code and algorithms; and promote collaboration on issues ranging from government-generated data to cybersecurity challenges.
Strong digital trade provisions in North America will not only drive future software innovation across the region, but should also serve as a model for the inclusion of strong digital trade provisions in future trade agreements, including with the United Kingdom, Japan, and the World Trade Organization.
Victoria Espinel, President and CEO of BSA | The Software Alliance, explains, “This is a good day for the software industry and users of software services. It’s a modernized agreement with important digital rules that ban local data requirements.”
Looking forward, BSA encourages the USTR to continue pursuing agreements with strong digital trade provisions, while working proactively to support US innovation and leadership in emerging technologies and software.
소프트웨어 연합(BSA | The Software Alliance, 이하 BSA)(www.bsa.org)은 각국 정부를 대상으로 세계 시장에서 전 세계 소프트웨어 업계를 대변하고 옹호하는 선도적 연합체입니다. 세계의 가장 혁신적 기업들이 회원사로 참여하며 경제에 활기를 불어 넣고 현대의 생활을 향상시키는 소프트웨어 솔루션을 만들어 내고 있습니다.
워싱턴 DC에 본부를 두고, 30개국이 넘는 국가들에서 운영되는 BSA는, 합법적 소프트웨어 사용을 증진시키고 기술 혁신을 촉진하며 디지털 경제의 성장을 추진하는 공공 정책을 지지하는 준법 프로그램들을 선도합니다.