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Cross-Border Data / Data Localization

The rapid and seamless movement of data across borders is essential to the 21st century global economy. Cross-border data transfers allow software companies to provide new and innovative services to every sector of the economy – driving growth, enabling the technologies of the future, improving health and safety, and promoting social good. BSA supports international data transfer agreements such as the EU US Privacy Shield, data transfer frameworks such as the APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules, and data transfer provisions in trade agreements.

Data Localization

Some countries are considering, or have implemented, measures that mandate data localization.  Laws that require data to be stored locally, or that restrict the movement of data across borders, not only impede innovation in the development of cutting-edge technology, but also put every local business at a competitive disadvantage by limiting the services available to them. BSA advocates the adoption of trade norms to prevent data localization requirements and opposes new localization proposals and requirements in markets around the world.

Global Data Alliance: BSA's Cross-Industry Coalition

The free movement of data across borders drives economic growth, development, and opportunity for all. Learn more by visiting www.globaldataalliance.org.

FEATURED POLICY RESEARCH / POSITION PAPERS

Victoria Espinel's Privacy Shield Testimony Cover Page

US: Testimony of Victoria A. Espinel Before the Senate Commerce Committee on “The Invalidation of the EU-US Privacy Shield and the Future of Transatlantic Data Flows”

DEC 09, 2020 | US

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Principles: Additional Safeguards for SCC Transfers

OCT 22, 2020 | GLOBAL

BSA | The Software Alliance has identified seven principles to guide companies adopting additional safeguards for EU data transfers.

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The Future of Transatlantic Data Flows

SEP 23, 2020 | US

Companies of all sizes and in all industries need to move data across the Atlantic to reach customers, manage supply chains, collaborate on research, and improve the services they provide to businesses and individuals. And customers—on both sides of the Atlantic—deserve to know that their personal data will be maintained private and secure when their data is transferred. Transatlantic data flows are among the most important for both Europe and the US, accounting for over one-half of Europe’s data transfers and about half of US data transfers. A disruption of transatlantic data flows could have significant adverse effects on consumers, businesses, and economic vitality.

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Cross-Border Transfer: Myths vs. Facts

JUN 11, 2019 | US

The rapid and seamless movement of data across borders is essential to the 21st century global economy — driving growth and innovation across all sectors. Some countries, however, are considering — or have implemented — measures that mandate data localization and restrict cross-border data flows.

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Cross-Border Data Flows

Cross-Border Data Flows

NOV 12, 2017 | GLOBAL

Data moving across borders is critical for the services that sustain global commerce, improve health and safety, promote social good, and enable the technologies of the future.

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THE LATEST POLICY NEWS

JUN 04, 2021 | EUROPEAN UNION

Inside Cybersecurity, June 4, 2021. BSA | The Software Alliance issued a statement from Thomas Boué, director general of policy for Europe and other regions, saying, “SCCs provide a vital privacy-protective mechanism used by millions of companies, governments, and organizations, in Europe and worldwide, that transfer data out of the EU." Read more

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