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JAN 28, 2020 | US

BSA’s 2020 Agenda Calls for Responsible Tech Policies

Agenda highlights building trust with strong privacy, cybersecurity, and trade policies

WASHINGTON – January 28, 2020 – BSA | The Software Alliance today released its 2020 US Policy Agenda. To encourage continued growth in software jobs and economic opportunity, BSA’s 2020 agenda identifies seven key areas where policymakers can act to protect consumers, foster growth, and boost innovation.

“Every sector of the US economy depends on software to succeed and grow. We need modern laws and policies that build trust between people, companies, and government so everyone can be confident that technology is being used responsibly. BSA stands ready to collaborate with policymakers to achieve long-lasting solutions to the public policy issues that arise as technology advances,” said Victoria Espinel, President and CEO of BSA | The Software Alliance. “One of the most important policies we’ll continue to engage on this year is data privacy. BSA member companies support strong privacy protections and are eager to partner with lawmakers to establish high standards.”

BSA looks forward to working with Congress and the administration on a range of priorities in 2020, including:

  • Consumer Data Privacy: Consumers deserve transparency, clarity, and confidence in how their data is being used. One clear, modernized set of federal standards is important to ensure consistent and high standards throughout the country.
  • Smart and Strong Cybersecurity: The world is more connected now than ever. To address evolving cybersecurity challenges, government and industry must have a strong partnership.
  • International Data Agreements and Digital Trade: Businesses rely on the ability to move data across borders responsibly. Strong, enforceable digital trade rules and international data agreements are necessary to prevent countries from using localization policies that harm the ability of US companies to compete abroad and hire in the US.
  • Realizing the Potential of Artificial Intelligence: AI is driving advances in healthcare, agriculture, infrastructure, security, and many other areas. Understanding how emerging technologies like AI work, and building long-term strategies to manage challenges, will help realize the technology’s potential and create a framework for addressing public policy issues as they arise.
  • Intellectual Property Protection: Intellectual property protections foster research and development, which in turn drives innovation. Policies to protect IP are critical to maintaining investment in US business R&D.
  • Law Enforcement Access to Data: To combat crime and threats to national security, law enforcement and the technology community must work together. Now is the time to take practical steps to enable lawful access to digital evidence in ways that reinforce constitutional privacy protections and don’t undermine cyber defenses.
  • Modern Workforce for the Digital Economy: The software economy creates more than 14 million jobs, and that number is projected to grow. The American workforce needs access to a range of educational and retraining opportunities to prepare for the new digital economy.

To read the full 2020 policy agenda, visit: www.bsa.org/policyagenda

ABOUT BSA

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 spark the economy and improve modern life.

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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