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EU Digital Trade Policy Proposal Opens a Loophole for Data Protectionism

July 16, 2018

As Nigel Cory writes for Euronews, it’s well past time to update European Union trade policy for the digital age. The European Commission took a step in the right direction with its recently outlined vision for global trade rules covering digital flows. However, the proposed rules create a massive loophole allowing countries to use privacy as a carte blanche justification to enact any and all barriers to data flows. Instead of a broad, self-judging exception for privacy, the Commission should develop a framework that covers the sizable range of legitimate privacy policies that countries use, and most importantly, one emphasizing that firms will be held accountable for ensuring that a country’s data protection rules flow with the data.

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