Reps. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., and Susan DelBene, D-Wash., have established the Digital Trade Caucus, a bipartisan effort to protect and promote the flow of data across borders with other countries, The Hill reported Monday.
"Trade has gone digital and protectionist policies don’t work in an Internet age," DelBene said in a statement. "We need continued American leadership in the digital economy, and for that to happen, our laws need to be up-to-date with the way the world works."
The effort will enable small businesses to better reach worldwide markets with the chief focus on "trade, new markets and new customers for U.S. goods," B&C reported.
The effort aims at combating barriers by other countries that have implemented strict security platforms. In China, cloud service providers must keep data on their servers which is used for surveillance purposes, The Hill explained.
Conversely, the European Union guarantees its citizens privacy and has implemented safeguards over the flow of information across borders.
Each of these practices affect U.S. cloud services. Additional goals of the caucus are:
- The promotion of free cross-border data flows.
- Elimination of data localization requirements.
- Ensuring trading partners allow open online and cloud platforms by not requiring them to filter speech, for example on social media networks.
- Eliminating requirements that businesses transfer technology, source code or encryption keys.
- Addressing customs and trade facilitation barriers for e-commerce.
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