Data Privacy and Security

Data Privacy and Security

Software innovation continues to lead to unprecedented advances. To empower individuals and help businesses create jobs, software companies are learning how to tap the potential of the data these innovations have unleashed. BSA supports modernizing data policies so they are clear, effective, and predictable for individuals, businesses, and the government.

Protecting Privacy

Privacy is an important issue for millions of Americans. BSA supports a balanced, user-centric approach to privacy that provides consumers with more control over their personal data while ensuring industry can continue delivering value to consumers by providing products and services tailored to their specific needs. Privacy regimes also must support the free flow of data across international borders so cloud computing and other valuable data services can flourish.

With this in mind, BSA has developed a Privacy Framework as a guide for policymakers as they seek to draft privacy legislation. BSA President and CEO Victoria Espinel also participated in an event on Protecting Privacy at The Atlantic in Washington, DC on September 13, 2018, where she talked about the need for harmonized privacy rules around the world.


BSA supports efforts to improve the government’s capabilities and readiness to address cybersecurity threats. This includes public-private partnerships, strengthening cybersecurity workforce capabilities, implementing effective information sharing frameworks, policies that support the development of cutting-edge cybersecurity technologies, and other steps to secure and defend information infrastructure.

Cross-Border Data Flows

The movement of data across borders is essential to the global economy. But what exactly are cross-border data flows and how do they affect you?

Data needs to be able to move freely so that no matter where you are, you have access to the information and services you need. Everyone from individuals to large corporations relies on transferring data. BSA has created a primer to illustrate all the areas where we depend on the rapid and seamless movement of data across borders, from e-commerce and financial security to natural disasters and artificial intelligence.

BSA’s 2018 Policy Agenda

Learn more about BSA’s positions on data policy, intellectual property, workforce development, and emerging technologies.