SIIA Welcomes Data Flow Provisions in NAFTA Objectives

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SIIA Welcomes Data Flow Provisions in NAFTA Objectives

Washington D.C. (July 17, 2017) – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, today commended  Ambassador Robert Lighthizer for including a data flow provision in a list of U.S. objectives for the NAFTA Renegotiation. The data flow provision says the U.S. will seek to “Establish rules to ensure that NAFTA countries do not impose measures that restrict cross-border data flows and do not require the use or installation of local computing facilities.”

SIIA Senior Vice President of Public Policy Mark MacCarthy issued the following statement:

“As countries seek to control how digital information moves and is stored, it has become increasingly important for the U.S. to negotiate strong data flow agreements. We are pleased that Ambassador Lighthizer has recognized the importance of this to U.S. companies and made data flows one of his key objectives for NAFTA renegotiation. We look forward to working with him and the USTR staff to implement this data flows objective as part of the negotiations.”

About SIIA:
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