To what extent do emerging regulations on cross border data flows affect international trade?
The OECD is undertaking a project to investigate how regulation of cross border data flows affects international trade and business activity...
These policies regulate how businesses can send data or information across borders, or whether they are required to store and process data within a jurisdiction. Regulations can be specific, such as privacy measures that affect personal data (i.e. any information related to an identified or identifiable individuals) across a range of activities such as health or financial data, or they can be broad, covering all types of data generated in a country. Likewise, the restrictiveness of the measures ranges from a total ban on cross-border data transfers (including local data storage requirements) to specific measures that restrict data transfers, require local storage, or a combination of the two.
...To this end we need to understand how businesses use cross-border data....
This will inform recommendations on other potential approaches that would meet regulators’ objectives while minimising costs on international business activity. Your input is important as it will help to ensure the credibility of the analysis undertaken and thereby increase the weight regulators will place on these estimates.
... And we would like to ask for your help by taking this brief (10-15 minute) survey.
All responses will be kept strictly confidential and will only be presented in an aggregate format to preserve anonymity. No enterprise-specific or personal information will be disclosed. Respondents are invited to provide contact emails on a voluntary basis to stay informed about the progress of the study. Upon request the OECD will provide you with a copy of the final text of the study before public release.
The questions are organised in three groups (1) firm characteristics (2) how your business uses cross border data, and (3) how regulation might affect the ways in which your business uses data. At the end of the questionnaire, you will also have the opportunity to report data related measures which may be affecting your business activity.
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