Hearing on 21st Century Trade Barriers & Cross Border Data Flow Policies

21st Century Trade Barriers: Protectionist Cross Border Data Flow Policies’ Impact on U.S. Jobs

The above LIVE Replay Congressional hearing video: Thursday, Oct 12, 2017, 10:15 A.M. EDT (hearing starts at 20:28).

Energy and Commerce Committee | Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee (115th Congress)

Domain Mondo editor's note: Cross-border data flows are the flow of digital information between countries. The hearing's focus is addressing data localization laws, which require companies to store certain types of data, such as personal information of its citizens, within its own borders. Other nations have increasingly considered or adopted such laws after the Edward Snowden revelations which detailed the extent of international surveillance by U.S. intelligence. Proponents see such data localization laws as one way to prevent U.S. intelligence from being able to collect data on non-U.S. citizens. The hearing's witnesses would like to see provisions in all international agreements similar to the terms of the data sharing agreements known as the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks, which allow data to continue to flow freely across borders.


Ms. Jennifer Daskal
Associate Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law (wcl.american.edu)

Ms. Victoria A. Espinel
President and CEO, BSA – The Software Alliance (bsa.org)

Mr. Dean C. Garfield
President and CEO, Information Technology Industry Council (itic.org)

Mr. Morgan Reed
President, ACT – The App Association (actonline.org)


About the Energy and Commerce Committee"The Committee on Energy and Commerce is the oldest standing legislative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives and is vested with the broadest jurisdiction of any congressional authorizing committee ... Today, the committee has responsibility for matters including telecommunications, consumer protection, food and drug safety, public health and research, environmental quality, energy policy, and interstate and foreign commerce among others."  More information, including members of the committee, is at the link above.
US House of Representatives, Energy and Commerce Committee

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