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SIIA Statement: The Violence Must End

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SIIA Statement: The Violence Must End

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 6, 2021) – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal association for the software, information, and digital content industries, condemns the insurrection that occurred today at our Nation’s Capitol. 

SIIA President, Jeff Joseph, issued the following statement:

“We call on America’s leaders at the highest levels to join us in the strongest terms in condemning the seditious mob who stormed our nation’s Capitol today. America’s global leadership in innovation comes in part from our rule of law and our long-standing democratic traditions. 

“Our members strongly support our Constitutional First Amendment rights to protest and free speech. This is not what we experienced at the Capitol today – it was mob violence. We held an election. The outcome is clear and incontrovertible. Now is the time for public and private sector leaders to do just that – lead – by calling for peace, transitioning our government, demanding accountability from those who have attacked our most precious institutions, and begin addressing the divide that afflicts our great nation. This will then enable our members to do what they do best – provide critical information and technology. It is time to join together to focus on national priorities including helping businesses deal with the pandemic and the related economic uncertainty, providing the tools necessary to enable and improve our current reliance on distance learning, and promoting better outcomes in health care for all. Our nation deserves no less.”

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SIIA is the only professional organization connecting more than 700 data, financial information, education technology, specialized content and publishing, and health technology companies. Our diverse members manage the global financial markets, develop software that solves today’s challenges through technology, provide critical information that helps inform global businesses large and small, and innovate for better health care and personal wellness outcomes – they drive innovation and growth. For more information, visit www.siia.net.

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27 First Place Winners Announced for the 2020 SIPAwards Competition

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SIIA Contact: Ronn Levine, (703) 338-7494

27 First Place Winners Announced for the 2020 SIPAwards Competition

WASHINGTON, DC (June 2, 2020) – In a live, virtual ceremony, the Specialized Information Publishers Association (SIPA) today named 27 first-place winners in its 41st annual SIPAwards competition, recognizing excellence among publishers in editorial, marketing and product success. The winners were announced following the virtual SIPA 2020 Annual Conference June 1-2.

“The SIPAwards showcase the top-notch journalism and valuable solutions specialized publishers provide for the niche communities they serve across the globe,” said SIIA President Jeff Joseph. “Now more than ever, we wanted to take a moment to celebrate the editorial excellence provided by this crucial marketplace. SIPA members inform news and trends in industries that are the backbone of the global economy.”

Multiple category first-place winners include BioWorld, Money-Media, Relias, Behr’s Verlag, Industry Dive and Communications Daily. The judging was conducted by 30 specially chosen industry peers. Two special awards were given: The David Swit Award for Best Investigative Reporting went to Education Week for “Schools Are Deploying Massive Digital Surveillance Systems. The Results Are Alarming.” And the Margie Weiner Award for Best New Success Story went to Copyrightlaws.com for their pre-pandemic Zoom On In sessions.
“We heartily congratulate all of the winners on their exceptional content, successful marketing initiatives, and impressive product success,” said Amanda McMaster, SIPA’s managing director. “The winning entries truly embody the spirit of the awards, which is to continue to exceed industry standards and set new benchmarks for performance and efficiency.”
Here are the 2020 SIPAward first-place winners. For a complete listing, please see the SIPAwards website.

Editorial Categories

  • Best Blog or Commentary
    Magna Publications
    For Those Who Teach
    Maryellen Weimer
  • Best Daily Publication
    BioWorld – The Daily Biopharmaceutical News Source
    Lynn Yoffee, Jennifer Boggs, Michael Fitzhugh, Karen Carey, Peter Winter, Anette Breindl, Randy Osborne, Lee Landenberger, Mari
  • Best Editorial Video Work
    FundFire – Money-Media
    What Are Opportunity Zones? FundFire Explainer
    Tom Stabile, TJ Fabian, Deepti Agnew
  • Best Instructional, Scientific or Technical Reporting
    Relias Media
    “Code Melancholia: A Review of Depression for Emergency Physicians,” Emergency Medicine Reports
    Frank J. Edwards, MD; Sandra M. Schneider, MD; J. Stephan Stapczynski, MD; and Shelly Morrow Mark
  • Best Interpretive or Analytical Reporting: Business/Marketing/Other (tie)
    SHRM Online
    All the Lonely People
    Agenda – Money-Media
    A Window Into One Board’s Executive Comp Overhaul
    Amanda Gerut
  • Best Interpretive or Analytical Reporting: Financial/Investing
    Debtwire
    Bitter Harvest
    Maura Webber Sadovi, Maria Chutchian, Farhin Lilywala and Paula Seligson
  • Best Interpretive or Analytical Reporting: Health Care/Regulatory/Education
    Industry Dive – BioPharma Dive
    Pharmacquired
    Jacob Bell, Ned Pagliarulo, Kim Dixon
  • Best Interview or Profile of Someone in Your Industry
    Industry Dive – Food Dive
    With the Dairy Industry in a Sour State, Borden CEO Plots Comeback for One-Time Milk Giant
    Christopher Doering and Megan Poinski
  • Best Newsletter or Ezine (non-daily): Business/Marketing/Other
    The Habitat Group
    Commercial Lease Law Insider
    Glenn S. Demby
  • Best Newsletter or Ezine (non-daily): Financial/Investing
    Irving Levin Associates
    Health Care M&A News
    Lisa E. Phillips, Dylan Sammut
  • Best Newsletter or Ezine (non-daily): Health Care/Regulatory/Education
    Relias Media
    Hospital Infection Control & Prevention
    Gary Evans; Patrick Joseph, MD; and Jason Schneider
  • Best Podcast
    Behr’s Akademie
    Report for the Food Industry: Best Podcast on iTunes After 5 Days
    Arno Langbehn, Deniz Dag and Jette Heinsohn
  • Best Series of Articles on One Topic –Business/Marketing/OtheR
    Energy Intelligence Group
    Flaring in the Permian
    Deon Daugherty
  • Best Series of Articles on One Topic – Financial/Investing
    Life Annuity Specialist – Money-Media
    Clashing Over Claims
    Richard Bedard, Rachael Zisk, Daphne Zhang
  • Best Series of Articles on One Topic – Health Care/Regulatory/Education
    BioWorld
    Transforming Drug, Med-Tech R&D With AI
    Karen Carey, Mark McCarty, Mari Serebrov, Elise Mak, Jihyun Kim, Tamra Sami, T.V. Padma, Anette Breindl, Stacy Lawrence, Peter
  • Best Single Feature Article
    Agenda – Money-Media
    How Directors Are Dealing With Gun Violence
    Stephanie Forshee and Jennifer Williams-Alvarez
  • Best Single-Topic Special Publication
    Communications Daily
    Special Report on Emergency Communications
    Adam Bender, Howard Buskirk, Matt Daneman, Jonathan Make, Jimm Phillips and Monty Tayloe
  • Best Spot News or Single News Article
    Communications Daily
    Spot Coverage of Net Neutrality
    Adam Bender, Howard Buskirk, Matt Daneman and Jimm Phillips
  • Best Use of Data
    FundFire – Money-Media
    Just Nine Foundations Control Over 30% of the Market
    Alana Pipe
  • The David Swit Award for Best Investigative Reporting
    Education Week
    Schools Are Deploying Massive Digital Surveillance Systems. The Results Are Alarming
    Benjamin Herold, Maya Riser-Kositsky, Emma Patti Harris, Lesli Maxwell

Marketing Categories

  • Best Awards Program
    Government Executive Media Group
    Government Hall of Fame
  • Best Infographic
    BioWorld
    Biopharma Stocks Up 26% on Average Since Debut with Karuna
    Karen Carey
  • Best New or Relaunched Website
    BioWorld
    Hello Future, Goodbye pdf: BioWorld Delivers News of Medical Innovation on New Modern Platform
    Lynn Yoffee, John Borgman, Cean Howman, Andrea Applegate, Ann Marie Griffith, Amanda Lanier, Holland Johnson, Jennifer Boggs,
  • Best Use of Social Media
    Behr’s Publishing House
    Musical Birthday Greetings to Xing Contacts
    Arno Langbeh, Jette Heinsohn and Deniz Dag
  • Best Use of Video in Marketing
    Behr’s GmbH
    Strange New World: Today the Company Applies to the Applicant
    Arno Langbehn, Jette Heinsohn and Deniz Dag
  • Best Webinar, eLearning or Online Training Program
    Informa Pharma Intelligence
    Delighting the Customer: Pharma Intelligence Journalists’ Coverage of Real-World Evidence
    Bridget Silverman, Mary-Jo Laffler, Raj Bahra
  • Margie Weiner Award for Best New Success Story?Copyrightlaws.com
    Zoom On In Copyright
    Lesley Ellen Harris
  • About Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA)
    SIIA is an umbrella association representing 800+ technology, data and media companies globally. Industry leaders work through SIIA’s divisions to address issues and challenges that impact their industry segments with the goal of driving innovation and growth for the industry and each member company.  This is accomplished through in-person and online business development opportunities, peer networking, corporate education, intellectual property protection and government relations. For more information, visit siia.net.
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CCPA Regulations Create a Gordian Knot: Either Comply with the Unconstitutional Restrictions or Risk Expensive Enforcement Actions, Says SIIA

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CCPA Regulations Create a Gordian Knot: Either Comply with the Unconstitutional Restrictions or Risk Expensive Enforcement Actions, Says SIIA

Washington, D.C. (June 3, 2020) – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for software, information, digital content, and education technology industries, today issued a statement regarding the California Attorney General submitting the final regulations implementing the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) for approval to the California Office of Administrative Law.

SIIA President and CEO, Jeff Joseph, issued the following statement
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“We appreciate the hard work and diligence the California Attorney General dedicated to drafting and consulting on the CCPA regulations. The final regulations, as submitted for approval to the Office of Administrative Law, include an important, common sense clarification to ensure the privacy of student data in the classroom by delineating which businesses qualify as service providers when under contract with a school district.

“We are disappointed, however, that the final regulations fail to clarify important compliance issues and fix the CCPA’s fatal First Amendment flaws with respect to information in the public domain.

“SIIA supports a national privacy standard that is robust, comprehensive, and flexible enough to balance innovation with privacy protections. But that value in privacy – whether state or federal – must be balanced against constitutional norms and requirements, including the First Amendment’s free speech guarantee. The CCPA and its final regulations fail this test.  As we brought to the attention of the California legislature and the Attorney General in multiple comments, the CCPA’s blanket regulation of non-governmentally sourced publicly available information unconstitutionally interferes with protected speech. Moreover, this regulatory overreach will suppress information for use in law enforcement investigations, investigative journalism, identity verification, scientific and medical research, corporate due diligence, finding missing persons, and the protection of our financial markets through ‘know your customer’ and anti-money laundering standards.

“The legislature failed to meet its constitutional and policy responsibilities when enacting the CCPA, but it gave the Attorney General the authority to remedy constitutional flaws through the rulemaking process. The failure to do so forces businesses to either comply with an unconstitutional regulatory requirement or risk expensive enforcement actions to vindicate their constitutional rights. This Gordian Knot is capricious, unfair, and unnecessary.

“The CCPA’s disregard for the First Amendment underscores the need for a preemptive federal solution to the data privacy question. SIIA will continue to work with policymakers on how we can ensure robust privacy protections without discarding our constitutional traditions.”

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SIIA Ed Tech Industry Conference Announces Innovation Showcase 2.0 Winner

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SIIA Contact: Michelle Harris, (202) 789- 4450
mharris@siia.net 

SIIA Ed Tech Industry Conference Announces Innovation Showcase 2.0 Winner

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 11, 2020) The Education Division (ETIN) of SIIA wrapped up a month-long virtual conference with their annual Innovation Showcase 2.0. The program helps to establish all participants as future leaders in the EdTech market, directly connecting them to industry experts and decision makers with a vast array of expertise, resources, and guidance to share.

“Dozens of successful products and companies, all dedicated to improving education using software, digital content, and related technologies, presented this year. We’re thrilled to announce Muzology is this year’s Innovation Showcase winner,” said Jill Abbott, ETIN Sr. Vice President and Managing Director.

Muzology integrates music and learning into the classroom. Founded by Rhodes Scholar, Dr. Lana Israel, their method activates existing knowledge, communicates critical math skills, and evaluates student growth and performance. During the Covid-19 closures, Muzology offered their music-based learning for free to schools and teachers.

Innovation Showcase 2.0 identifies and supports entrepreneurs in their efforts to bring innovative learning technologies to the education market. ETIN calls the Innovation Showcase 2.0 the chance to give back to both the industry and the participants, who are aspiring EdTech entrepreneurs. 

About ETIN

The Education Division of SIIA represents the best software companies and products serving PK-12, Higher Education and the future of work. We are the thought leaders in EdTech identifying the gaps, highlighting opportunities, and connecting leaders within our community.

About SIIA

SIIA is the principal association representing software, information, education, technology and digital content industries. Through in-person and online business development opportunities, peer networking, corporate education, intellectual property protection and government relations, SIIA provides a network of resources for its 800+ member companies that drive innovation and growth. For more information, visit siia.net.

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SIIA Restructures Education Technology (ETIN) Division

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SIIA Contact: Michelle Harris, (202) 789- 4450
mharris@siia.net 

SIIA Restructures Education Technology (ETIN) Division

Consolidating activities to strengthen focus on critical needs in EdTech Policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 16, 2020) – SIIA, the longtime leader in education technology policy, announces a major restructuring with their Education Technology (ETIN) Division. The division will more directly focus on the EdTech community’s most critical needs at the moment surrounding public policy, as the division moves away from in-person events.

“Effective July 1, 2020, our ETIN Education Division will be consolidated within our Public Policy Division,” said SIIA President Jeff Joseph, “Change is difficult but necessary and change can drive extraordinary outcomes. We have enjoyed a long and supportive relationship with the Education Technology community. We look forward to the next phase of this relationship as we leverage our core strengths in policy and advocacy to help grow this critical and exciting sector.”

Current SIIA education division members in good standing are invited to remain SIIA members through SIIA’s Education Policy Committee (EPC) at their current dues level. The EPC will continue to operate under the direction of Sara Kloek, focusing on issues important to SIIA’s EdTech members and the industry at large including protecting student and children’s privacy, education funding, closing the digital divide, distance learning policies, accessibility, and interoperability.

SIIA also will continue to produce the EdTech industry’s leading and highly coveted EdTech CODiES Award program under the direction of SIIA Awards Director Jennifer Baranowski who has successfully coordinated the program for several years. At the same time, the association is terminating its standalone EdTech conferences and the majority of differentiated breakout content.

“We also are exploring how best to continue the amazing work launched by our EdTech members around diversity, equity, and inclusion, which remains a priority for our organization. And we are exploring transitioning existing ETIN committees and communities to a virtual platform along with evaluating opportunities to continue to participate in and support key industry forums and specific project work,” said Joseph.

“I want to thank Jill Abbott for her dedication, evangelism, and tremendous leadership,” Joseph added. “Jill helped create a compelling strategic vision for ETIN and has many successes of which to be proud, including most recently our Tech for Learners initiative. Jill has been a passionate champion for an increased focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion within the EdTech community and across our organization. We look forward to celebrating her soon.

“I also want to thank the current ETIN Executive Committee, Board of Directors and the many volunteers who so unselfishly gave their time and expertise to support the division as well as the many great leaders who helped found and build the division.”

Abbott will leave SIIA effective July 1. Sara Kloek will continue to lead SIIA’s EdTech-related public policy thought-leadership and advocacy efforts. SIIA’s Public Policy Division is led by SIIA Senior Vice President, Global Public Policy Carl Schonander.

About SIIA

SIIA is the principal association representing software, information, education, technology and digital content industries. Through in-person and online business development opportunities, peer networking, corporate education, intellectual property protection and government relations, SIIA provides a network of resources for its 800+ member companies that drive innovation and growth. For more information, visit siia.net.

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SIIA Urges Brazil Senate to Oppose “Fake News” Legislation

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SIIA Urges Brazil Senate to Oppose “Fake News” Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 24, 2020) – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal association for the software, information, and digital content industries, opposes the “Lei das Fake News” (Fake News Law Project) scheduled to be voted on by Brazil’s Senate on Thursday, June 25.

SIIA President, Jeff Joseph, issued the following statement:

“SIIA is committed to responsible efforts to combat misinformation online, but Brazil’s proposed ‘Fake News Law Project’ is the wrong approach. If passed, the legislation would roll back privacy principles enshrined in Brazil’s newly implemented data protection law (the LGPD), limit access to online services by underserved and undocumented individuals, and unnecessarily impede the ability of platforms to deploy technologies to enforce their terms of service and combat online misinformation.

“From a trade perspective, the legislation’s forced data localization provision is a de facto trade barrier. Data localization is inconsistent with modern approaches to economics because it prevents cross-border data flows, and flouts the aim of the Iberoamerican Data Protection Network’s Privacy Standards to remove barriers to data flows.

“We echo calls from other stakeholders for Brazil’s legislature to stop this legislation and we urge Brazil to reaffirm its commitment to the privacy principles enshrined in the LGPD.”

About SIIA:
SIIA is an umbrella association that represents constituencies from technology, data and media companies. Through in-person and online business development opportunities, peer networking, corporate education, intellectual property protection and government relations, SIIA provides a network of resources for its 800+ member companies that drive innovation and growth. For more information, visit www.siia.net.

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SIIA Cautions that the CPRA Will Be Detrimental to Education Technology

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SIIA Cautions that the CPRA Will Be Detrimental to Education Tech

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 29, 2020) – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal association for the software, information, and digital content industries, cautions that California’s certification of the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) to appear on the November ballot will disrupt education technology and school and distance learning.

SIIA President, Jeff Joseph, issued the following statement:

“While we are heartened that the CPRA clarifies and improves some aspects of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), most notably by fixing the CCPA’s First Amendment infirmities with respect to publicly available information, it makes the wrong policy calls in a number of areas and leaves little room for the legislature to fix these flaws.

“As drafted, the CPRA can be interpreted to present educational technology companies with an impossible choice: comply with the CPRA, and remove data from school records on student request and breach their contract with the school, thereby jeopardizing the school’s federal funding, or refuse and face liability for breaching the CPRA.

“This is the wrong balance and detrimental to both classroom and distance learning, which the California Attorney General recognized when he fixed the same policy error in the CCPA regulations.

“SIIA supports robust and comprehensive privacy regulation, but like all regulations it must reflect balance against competing values, from constitutional norms to the realities of business and educational operations. The policy misjudgments inherent in the CPRA underscore the need for Congress to act and pass a thoughtful national and comprehensive data privacy standard that sets the rules of the road, for industry and consumers alike.”

About SIIA:
SIIA is an umbrella association that represents constituencies from technology, data and media companies. Through in-person and online business development opportunities, peer networking, corporate education, intellectual property protection and government relations, SIIA provides a network of resources for its 800+ member companies that drive innovation and growth. For more information, visit www.siia.net.

Pictured left to right: Rihanna Collier, Vice President & Managing Director, SIIA Software & Services Division and Technology Council of Southern California; Stephen Wray, CloudMine CEO; and Joe Talley, SIIA Board Member and Deloitte & Touche LLP Audit Partner (PRNewsfoto/CloudMine)

SIIA Welcomes Entry-into-Force of United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA)

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SIIA Welcomes Entry-into-Force of United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 1, 2020) – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal association for the software, information, and digital content industries, welcomes the entry-into-force of USMCA.

Senior Vice President for Global Public Policy, Carl Schonander, issued the following statement:

“SIIA has been an active participant in the development of USMCA.  The agreement’s digital trade, financial services and intellectual property chapters are particularly innovative.  The fact that the agreement contains binding data flow obligations with respect to financial data is especially praiseworthy.  We congratulate Ambassador Lighthizer and his team.  The USMCA provides an excellent template for additional progress as the United States conducts negotiations with the UK and the EU.”About SIIA:
SIIA is an umbrella association that represents constituencies from technology, data and media companies. Through in-person and online business development opportunities, peer networking, corporate education, intellectual property protection and government relations, SIIA provides a network of resources for its 800+ member companies that drive innovation and growth. For more information, visit www.siia.net

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SIIA Urges Administration to Reconsider Student Visa Restrictions

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SIIA Urges Administration to Reconsider Student Visa Restrictions

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 8, 2020) – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal association for the software, information, and digital content industries, opposes the restrictions on foreign students remaining in the United States if their universities adopt distance learning solutions.

SIIA President and CEO, Jeff Joseph, issued the following statement:

“America’s colleges and universities attract the best and brightest students domestically and from around the world. The announcement that some students will need to return to their home countries if their coursework is entirely online is misguided. International students enrich our nation by offering diverse ideas and perspectives to their college communities while contributing an estimated $45 billion to the U.S. economy and 460,000 jobs.  Many U.S.-educated foreign students stay in America upon graduation, contributing to our economy and enhancing our competitiveness.  Some go on to work for U.S. companies in fields that are already struggling to fill open positions. If we send these students home they may never return to the U.S., particularly given our restrictive immigration laws. Moreover, this directive will discourage foreign students from attending American universities, allowing other nations to develop and utilize these bright young minds. We urge the Administration to reconsider this decision.”

About SIIA:
SIIA is an umbrella association that represents constituencies from technology, data and media companies. Through in-person and online business development opportunities, peer networking, corporate education, intellectual property protection and government relations, SIIA provides a network of resources for its 800+ member companies that drive innovation and growth. For more information, visit www.siia.net.

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European Court of Justice Decision Jeopardizes Critical Data Flows

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SIIA CONTACT: Michelle Harris, 202.789.4450 
 European Court of Justice Decision to Invalidate the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Jeopardizes Critical Data Flows

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 16, 2020) – SIIA, the principal association for the software, information, and digital content industries, expressed strong concerns regarding the European Court of Justice ruling invalidating the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, thereby disrupting transatlantic data flows.

SIIA President and CEO, Jeff Joseph, issued the following statement:

“We are disappointed in and extremely concerned about the decision by the European Court of Justice to invalidate the Privacy Shield, which serves as a strong and important transatlantic facilitator of transborder data flows relied on by more than 5,000 EU. and U.S. companies. The decision brings significant data flows to a halt less than nine months after the third annual review found that the Privacy Shield works to protect the data of EU subjects.

“Though many headlines on this case focus on its impact on social media, the reverberations are much more profound and widespread. Thousands of companies of all sizes rely on Privacy Shield across a wide range of industries.  They opened their business this morning to find their transfer mechanism for critical data flows possibly shut off. 

“The flow of data between the U.S. and E.U. is essential to businesses of all sizes and an incredibly diverse array of beneficial services. We urge E.U. and U.S. officials to meet immediately to find a path forward.”

About SIIA:
SIIA is an umbrella association that represents constituencies from technology, data and media companies. Through in-person and online business development opportunities, peer networking, corporate education, intellectual property protection and government relations, SIIA provides a network of resources for its 800+ member companies that drive innovation and growth. For more information, visit www.siia.net.