The US Trade Representative, Katherine Tai, has abandoned long-standing digital trade demands in talks with the World Trade Organization in order to provide Congress with room to regulate big tech firms. The proposals, implemented during the Trump administration in 2019, insisted on allowing free cross-border data flows and prohibiting national requirements for data localization and reviews of software source code. The official added that US policy must balance the right to regulate in the public interest and the need to address anticompetitive behaviour in the digital economy.
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