OCT 26, 2020 | JAPAN | UNITED KINGDOM
BSA Welcomes Inclusion of Digital Provisions in UK-Japan Trade Agreement
TOKYO – October 26, 2020 – BSA | The Software Alliance welcomes the inclusion of robust and forward-looking digital trade provisions in the UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, signed on Friday, October 23. The agreement supports core features of the digital environment – cross-border data transfers, personal information protection, mechanisms to promote interoperability among privacy law frameworks, transparent access to government information, and consumer protection and choice online. The agreement also prohibits or limits certain digital trade barriers, including data localization mandates, customs duties on software and other electronic transmissions, and unreasonable measures that mandate the disclosure of proprietary source code and algorithms as a condition of market access.
“The agreement between these two significant markets reflects London and Tokyo’s leadership on international, data-related policies and points to a broader recognition of the importance of digital trade to healthy economies,” said Joseph Whitlock, Director, Policy at BSA | The Software Alliance. “BSA applauds the UK and Japan for their constructive work on digital trade within the broader international economic ecosystem. This is a meaningful step in the direction of global rules on data for the Digital 21st Century.”
“The UK-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement is a very positive development for both economies,” said Tomoko Naoe, Senior Manager, Policy — Japan at BSA | The Software Alliance. “It is one of only a handful of bilateral trade agreements in the world to include strong digital provisions that encourage responsible cross-border data flows, promote high data protection standards, and limit data localization.”
To learn more about BSA’s digital trade priorities, visit: https://www.bsa.org/policy-issues/trade
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.