Brussels, BELGIUM — In advance of the G-7 ICT ministerial meeting on September 26-27 in Turin, Italy, technology and communications industry groups issued a joint statement  recommending policies on issues like privacy, security and data flows that would also boost innovation and jobs.

The G-7 is an opportunity for economically successful, democratic countries to encourage technology policies that avoid protectionism and instead promote access to information and economic growth that benefit more people around the world.  

The Computer & Communications Industry Association, which joined the statement, is an international nonprofit that has advocated on open markets and information freedom issues for 45 years. The following can be attributed to the head of CCIA’s Brussels office, Vice President Christian Borggreen:

“The G7 meeting is an opportunity to reaffirm openness and the social and economic benefits of broad access to technology.  We join our peers in industry in calling on ministers to reject data protectionism for the benefit of technology users around the world“

“Countries that want more innovation and economic growth would need to support policies that promote access to information, the ability to transfer data across borders and avoid violating consumers’ trust by demanding access to personal communications or devices without checks and balances.”

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