FEB 18, 2021 | EUROPEAN UNION | EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA
Global Data Alliance Applauds Strong Focus on Data Flows in New EU Trade Strategy
BRUSSELS – February 18, 2021 – The Global Data Alliance applauds Europe’s new trade strategy, released today, which captures the critical role of data flows and digital technologies to businesses’ ability to operate, innovate, and compete.
“Trade policy is integral to yielding the benefits of digital transformation for businesses big and small, in every sector, in Europe and across the world. The EU’s new trade strategy underscores both the benefits of cross-border data for businesses and the need to ensure appropriate privacy and security protections are in place globally,” said Isabelle Roccia, Senior Manager, Policy – EMEA at BSA | The Software Alliance.
“Given the essential role of data flows to our increasingly digital and global economy, an international framework is needed to facilitate the open and secure movement of information. The Global Data Alliance therefore especially welcomes the Commission’s commitment to concluding ambitious and comprehensive e-commerce negotiations at the WTO,” added Roccia.
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 Abbott, AIG, American Express, Amgen, AT&T, Citi, Cortex, ExxonMobil, FedEx, General Motors, LEGO, Lumen, Mastercard, Medtronic, NTT, Panasonic, Pfizer, RELX Group, Roche, UDS Technology, United Airlines, Verizon, and Visa, as well as BSA global policy members – Adobe, Atlassian, Autodesk, Bentley Systems, Box, CNC/Mastercam, DocuSign, IBM, Informatica, MathWorks, Microsoft, Okta, Oracle, PTC, Salesforce, ServiceNow, Siemens Industry Software Inc., Slack, Splunk, Trend Micro, Trimble Solutions Corporation, Twilio, Workday, and Zoom Video Communications. 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.