What is the US policy on digital trade protections?

21/02/2024 | Lawfare

An article in Lawfare by Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Kenneth Propp examined the potential impact of the US government's revised stance on digital trade protections and policy on the global data transfer landscape. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations between the US and the European Union, which came to a halt in 2016, originally included a chapter on digital trade. As a consequence of the TTIP's collapse, hopes for a binding transatlantic agreement on free data flows, data localisation limitations and protection of software source code were subsequently dashed. Since then, the US government's efforts to promote and safeguard digital trade have been inconsistent. In the article, Propp considers the factors driving policy changes and how the US might be aligning with the EU's position on digital trade.

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