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JAN 31, 2022 | US

BSA Emphasizes Growing Threat of Data-Related Market Access Barriers in 2022 Special 301 Filing

WASHINGTON – January 31, 2022 – In today’s annual Special 301 filing, BSA | The Software Alliance urged the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to bring greater attention to data-related innovation barriers such as data localization mandates and unnecessary data transfer restrictions.

“BSA’s members depend on cross-border data transfers to invest in research and development and acquire and enforce IP rights. Discriminatory or unnecessary data localization policies impede innovation and pose a critical threat to US technology leadership,” said Joseph Whitlock, Director, Policy at BSA | The Software Alliance and Executive Director of the Global Data Alliance. “BSA urges USTR to use the 2022 Special 301 review cycle to address the growing global challenge of data-related market access barriers and inadequate IP protection and enforcement abroad.”

BSA’s 2022 Special 301 Submission notes policies of concern in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, and the European Union. Read the filing here.


BSA | The Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the leading advocate for the global software industry before governments and in the international marketplace. Its members are among the world’s most innovative companies, creating software solutions that help businesses of all sizes in every part of the economy to modernize and grow.

With headquarters in Washington, DC, and operations in more than 30 countries, BSA pioneers compliance programs that promote legal software use and advocates for public policies that foster technology innovation and drive growth in the digital economy.


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