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Data Privacy

BSA members are committed to protecting the privacy and security of consumers’ data. BSA promotes a user-centric approach to privacy that provides consumers with control over their personal data while ensuring industry can continue delivering value to consumers by providing innovative products and services.

BSA supports a single, clear set of strong federal standards for consumer data privacy in the United States and encourages interoperability around the world. Privacy systems must support the free flow of data across international borders so cloud computing and other valuable data services can flourish.

With these considerations in mind, BSA has developed a Privacy Framework as a guide for policymakers as they seek to draft privacy legislation in the United States and BSA Global Privacy Best Practices to encourage high-level standards around the world.

BSA also supports efforts to ensure that law enforcement authorities can access stored content, but only pursuant to a process that has sufficient privacy and due process protections.

BSA supports modernizing data policies so they are clear, effective, and predictable for individuals, businesses, and governments.

FEATURED REPORTS AND POSITION PAPERS

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US: Comprehensive Federal Privacy Legislation Can Build on State Privacy Laws

APR 21, 2021 | US

The United States needs a strong, comprehensive federal privacy law that ensures consumers’ personal data is used in ways they expect.

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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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The Global Standard: Distinguishing Between Controllers and Processors in Privacy Legislation

MAR 03, 2020 | GLOBAL

Comprehensive privacy legislation must create strong obligations for all companies that handle consumer data. These obligations will only be strong enough to protect consumer privacy and instill trust, though, if they reflect how a company interacts with consumer data.

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BSA Privacy Framework

BSA Privacy Framework

SEP 11, 2018 | GLOBAL

BSA has developed a Privacy Framework as a guide for policymakers as they seek to draft privacy legislation.

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THE LATEST POLICY NEWS

OCT 26, 2021 | US

BSA | The Software Alliance welcomes today’s announcement that President Biden will nominate Jessica Rosenworcel for Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Gigi Sohn for Commissioner of the FCC, Alan Davidson for Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), and Kathi Vidal for Under Secretary for Intellectual Property and Director of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Read more

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