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Upton introduces legislation to assess international data localization laws

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Washington, May 26, 2020 | Josh Paciorek (202-225-3761) | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today introduced H.B. 7005 – the Showing How Isolationism Effects Long-term Development (SHIELD) ACT – to assess how international data localization laws impact each country’s economy, our economy, and cross-border commerce.

The SHIELD Act will require the Secretary of Commerce and Federal Trade Commission to conduct an assessment and analysis of regulations regarding data localization and to establish a list of such laws and develop a means for maintaining, tracking, and updating the list of these regulations.

Data localization laws regulate how data is processed in different countries. These regulations have the potential to negatively affect the connected, global economy where the internet remains the driving force of our 21st century economy.

 “Data localization laws and other protectionist regulations hurt the global economy and limit access to markets for our innovators and small businesses,” Upton said. “The SHIELD Act will demonstrate how important cross-border data flow is to innovation, small businesses, and our economy. The Internet knows no bounds. We should not artificially place them at our borders.”

 The SHIELD Act will be important as we seek to understand the international landscape and to identify countries engaged in protectionism with their localization laws.

Click here to learn more about H.B. 7005. 
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