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Global Data Alliance Statement on ASEAN Model Contractual Clauses

SINGAPORE – January 26, 2021 – The Global Data Alliance congratulates ASEAN Member States and commends ASEAN’s efforts in developing the ASEAN Model Contractual Clauses (MCCs) as a voluntary data transfer mechanism. The MCCs provide useful guidance on important data protection aspects for companies to consider when drafting contractual terms and conditions surrounding the transfer of personal data.

Cross-border data transfers power innovation and growth across all sectors of the economy—from manufacturing and farming to local start-ups and modern service providers. These data flows are vitally important in modern trade and commerce.

The Global Data Alliance supports ASEAN’s continued efforts to promote an internationally interoperable approach to data transfers that will complement other data transfer mechanisms in use by enterprises throughout the region. Such efforts will support the growth of ASEAN’s burgeoning digital economy and drive productivity gains by facilitating cross-border data flows while protecting security and privacy.

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.


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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