Data protection measures have been included in the preliminary agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico to update the North American Free Trade Agreement, Bloomberg Law reports. A document released by the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office states the provisions focus on data quality, information collection restrictions, and transparency. Under the new agreement, rules requiring data to be stored locally would be prohibited, and data flows needed for business purposes can no longer be impeded. “They appear to be the strongest digital trade provisions in a trade agreement to date,” BSA | The Software Alliance Director of Policy Joe Whitlock said. “We’re very happy with the outcome and the level of ambition that the negotiating parties were able to achieve.”
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