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.

Government Access to Data

The United States has always pursued a careful balance between the privacy and security of personal and sensitive information and the government’s responsibility to keep us safe. The rapid adoption of remote computing power and data analytics have transformed the methods for transferring and analyzing information. BSA supports modernizing the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) and a holistic and balanced approach to encryption policy. 

A lot has changed in the 30 years since Congress last updated digital data laws. It’s time to pass ICPA, the bipartisan International Communications Privacy Act of 2017. ICPA provides strong protections to secure our information, preserve our rights, and ensure that American law enforcement has the tools and procedures necessary to keep us safe.



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.

Consumer Privacy

BSA supports a balanced approach to privacy that respects and encourages informed consumer choices 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. 

BSA’s 2018 Policy Agenda

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

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