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Global Data Alliance Welcomes Strong Focus on Data Flows in UK National Data Strategy

BRUSSELS – December 7, 2020 – In comments submitted today on the UK National Data Strategy, the Global Data Alliance welcomed the UK’s focus on maintaining a pro-growth, trusted data regime and championing international data flows. These two objectives are foundational to today’s digital economy and to COVID-19 recovery.

“With the continuing adoption of digital and data-driven technologies across every sector of the economy, maintaining trust and enabling cross-border data flows should be integral parts of the UK National Data Strategy, building on existing policies,” said Isabelle Roccia, Senior Manager, Policy – EMEA at BSA | The Software Alliance. “The UK should also preserve existing transfer mechanisms that are critical to supporting global data flows and are built with strong safeguards.”

“As it further reflects on its international transfer regime post-Brexit, the UK could seize this opportunity to facilitate companies’ cross-border growth and integration into global supply chains by promoting international convergence and interoperability of privacy frameworks across the world,” Roccia added.

Read the Global Data Alliance’s full comments here.

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, 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, energy, financial services, health, 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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