Multi-Industry Statement on Cross-Border Data Transfers and Data Localization Disciplines in WTO Negotiations on E-Commerce

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) joins global coalition of industry associations to advance WTO framework on data flows.

The International Chamber of Commerce is pleased to join the release today of the Joint Industry Statement on Cross-Border Data Transfers and Data Localization Disciplines in the WTO Negotiations on E-Commerce, which encourages WTO negotiators to agree on a framework to facilitate the seamless and secure movement of information across borders.

The joint industry statement, co-led by the International Chamber of Commerce and BSA, reflects unified support from 78 associations active across six continents. The signatories call on the 86 WTO members engaged in ongoing e-commerce negotiations to agree on rules on data flows that:

  • Prohibit unnecessary or discriminatory data localization mandates and data transfer restrictions.
  • Apply across all economic sectors.
  • Reflect principles of transparency and interoperability among legal frameworks.
  • Require all countries to adopt or maintain legal frameworks to protect personal information.
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