JAN 26, 2021 | GLOBAL | US | ASIA PACIFIC | LATIN AMERICA | EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA
Global Data Alliance Signs Multi-Industry Statement Supporting Ambitious WTO E-Commerce Commitments
BRUSSELS, SINGAPORE, WASHINGTON – January 26, 2021 – The Global Data Alliance today signed a Multi-Industry Statement on Cross-Border Data Transfers and Data Localization Disciplines in the WTO Joint Statement Initiative on E-Commerce. Together with more than 75 other industry associations active across six continents, the Global Data Alliance encourages governments to agree to ambitious commitments in ongoing WTO e-commerce negotiations.
The multi-industry statement calls on the 86 countries involved in the WTO JSI negotiations to agree a framework on cross-border data flows that: (1) prohibits unnecessary or discriminatory data localization mandates and data transfer restrictions; (2) applies across all economic sectors; (3) reflects principles of transparency and interoperability among legal frameworks; and (4) requires all countries to adopt or maintain legal frameworks to protect personal information.
In today’s remote environment, such commitments have never been more important. Governments and businesses across all regions and in every sector depend upon secure and seamless data flows to create jobs and to offer essential services. The cross-border movement of information around the world enables workers and companies to design, create, and export new products and services; to enhance business processes and increase productivity; to reach new customers globally; and to engage in research, development, and innovation. The cross-border movement of information is also often needed for scientific research; to develop new medicines and treatments; and to deliver safe and effective healthcare.
Many countries engaged in the WTO JSI negotiations have already made forward-looking commitments on data flows in their regional trade agreements, including the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership and the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Based on these and similar pacts, the Global Data Alliance encourages all governments participating in the WTO e-commerce talks to work toward achieving broad, international consensus on cross-border data flows.
Read the full multi-industry statement here.
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, Citi, ITB360, LEGO, Mastercard, Medtronic, Panasonic, Pfizer, RELX, Roche, UDS Technology, 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, financial services, health, media and entertainment, natural resources, supply chain, and telecommunications sectors, among others. BSA | The Software Alliance administers the Global Data Alliance.
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.