techUK supports the G7 institutional arrangement for partnership on Data Free Flow with Trust
Published today, techUK co-signed a global industry statement in support of the G7 governments' recent announcement on promoting the vision of Data Free Flow with Trust (DFFT), alongside other industry bodies
The goal is to facilitate the transfer of data across transnational digital networks while enhancing digital trust. Access to and transmission of information across borders enables governments to achieve policy objectives such as digital transformation, cybersecurity, financial inclusion, health, privacy, and trade.
However, the OECD reports an 800% increase in policies that impede cross-border data transferability, with barriers to cross-border data transfers being the top restriction. The rise in cross-border data restrictiveness is incompatible with shared global goals, including addressing cybersecurity risks, climate change, and public health and safety.
The coalition urges G7 parties to adopt concrete strategies for advancing DFFT, such as aligning data transfer policies across economies, analysing the significance of data transfers in key sectors, and supporting the OECD Declaration on Government Access to Personal Data Held by Private Sector Entities.
Private entities can enhance digital trust by adopting high standards of digital responsibility and accountability principles to ensure data protection. Finally, governments should support digital trust by promoting stakeholder engagement, transparency, accountability, and regulatory consistency.
techUK, along with other industry bodies, supports the concept of an “Institutional Arrangement for Partnership” which will advance DFFT by supporting international and domestic rules that favour international flow of data, ensuring any domestic measures that impact international data flows are developed transparently and accountably, are non-discriminatory, consistent with international standards, interoperable with legal frameworks of other jurisdictions, and necessary to achieve a legitimate goal while avoiding specific tech mandates.