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.
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.