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Global Industry Calls for Timely and Ambitious Expansion of Participation in the APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules System

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21 Feb 2017 Global Industry Calls for Timely and Ambitious Expansion of Participation in the APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules System

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Global Industry Calls for Timely and Ambitious Expansion of Participation in the APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules System

  1. 1. Global Industry Calls for Timely and Ambitious Expansion of Participation in the APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules System Industry associations representing companies from around the world strongly support the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum’s work to expand business and economy participation in APEC’s Cross Border Privacy Rules (CBPRs). The CBPRs are based on the internationally respected APEC Privacy Framework and endorsed by APEC Leaders since 2011. They are a uniquely interoperable, enforceable, and high-standard privacy code of conduct that facilitates cross border trade of goods and services and ensures that strong privacy protection will follow personal information across the Asia-Pacific region. By creating a certification system that bridges the privacy regimes of each participating economy in a cost effective and scalable way, the CBPRs allow participating companies to focus their time and resources on innovating, serving customers, and pursuing their business objectives. We applaud the support that APEC Leaders and Ministers have demonstrated towards expanding participation in the CBPRs. We believe this reaffirms both APEC’s recognition of the importance of data flows to trade and investment in the region and its commitment to building bridges between national privacy regulatory regimes. The CBPRs signal to governments in the Asia-Pacific and in other parts of the world that mutual cooperation between like-minded economies can serve as a rational, effective international approach to high-standard privacy and data protection, without requiring data to be stored, managed, or otherwise processed locally or prohibiting data transfers to other markets. We see great potential for the CBPRs to serve as a platform for a truly global system of interoperable and robust privacy protection. We call on all APEC member economies to commit to joining the CBPR system by the next Ministers Responsible for Trade (MRT) meeting in 2017 in Vietnam. We will work with APEC member economies to support these commitments and raise awareness with officials and stakeholders on the benefits of CBPRs. We will do our part to improve the CBPRs to increase participation and help APEC economies set the standard for how to do privacy right globally.
  2. 2. The associations represented by this statement include: Asia Internet Coalition (AIC) Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA) Asociación Latinoamericana de Internet (ALAI) Australia Information Industry Association (AIIA) Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) Information Technology Industry Council (ITI)
 International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Japan Electronics and Information Technologies Industry Association (JEITA) Japan Information Technology Services Industry Association (JISA) Keidanren Japan Business Federation National Center for APEC (NCAPEC) Taipei Computer Association (TCA) Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association (TEEMA) U.S.-ASEAN Business Council U.S. Chamber of Commerce
 U.S. Council for International Business (USCIB)

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