CCIA Welcomes EU Digital Strategies

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission today released several documents setting out the EU’s policy approach on everything digital. The European Commission President also published an op-ed on “Shaping Europe’s digital future.” The White Paper on Artificial Intelligence released today sets out policy options on how to promote the uptake of AI while addressing the…

USTR Highlights Digital Trade Barriers Including Digital Taxes and Data Localization

Washington — The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative released its annual report Friday documenting prominent trade barriers around the world. USTR identifies a number of key barriers for Internet firms exporting services around the world that the Computer & Communications Industry Association highlighted in its own comments submitted last fall. These include a rise…

EU and Japan adopt data flow deal, will they now fight against forced data localisation globally?

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Union and Japan today recognised each others’ data protection systems to allow the free flow of data between their economies. The agreement is linked to the major trade agreement signed today, the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement.  The EPA unfortunately addresses only few barriers to digital trade.  On data flows the…

CCIA Welcomes Political Agreement on the Free Flow of Data in the EU

Brussels — A political agreement was achieved late today on the legislative proposal on the free flow of non-personal data in the EU.  The European Parliament and the Council is expected to officially approve the agreed text in coming weeks after which the Regulation will become EU law. The European Commission presented its proposal for…

CCIA, industry groups urge EU Member States to not weaken proposal on free data flows in the EU

CCIA, Allied for Startups, Business Europe and BSA today issued a joint industry statement urging the Estonian Presidency and Member States to not weaken the proposed Regulation on the free flow of non-personal data in the EU.  Governments should only be allowed to demand data localisation for public security reasons.  Excluding “public sector data” and…

CCIA Welcomes Proposal to End Forced Data Localisation in EU Member States

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission (EC) today released its proposal on the free flow of non-personal data in the EU.  The proposed regulation prohibits EU member states from requiring that data be stored nationally unless ”justified on grounds of public security.”  The proposal seeks to remove existing and prevent further national barriers which currently…