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Congressional Attention Builds Welcome Momentum for Data Flows in TPP, Says BSA

WASHINGTON, DC — October 24, 2014 —

BSA | The Software Alliance today commended a bipartisan, bicameral group of Members of Congress for drawing attention to the need for strong provisions enabling cross-border data flows in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Ranking Member John Thune (R-S.D.) sent a letter to US Trade Representative Michael Froman underscoring the importance of enabling the digital economy, as did House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Chairman Lee Terry (R-Neb.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.).

“These letters make clear that protecting the free flow of data is bigger than an industry or partisan concern. Securing meaningful, enforceable rules on cross-border data flows in the TPP is essential for businesses around the world that depend on a cohesive digital marketplace,” said BSA President and CEO Victoria Espinel. “There is now significant momentum behind this issue. We commend the lawmakers who have spoken out today for their leadership.”

BSA, together with nearly 40 associations from every country involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), recently sent a letter to chief trade negotiators and ministers that set cross-border data flows as the benchmark for a successful agreement.

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