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International: Coalition of tech and business groups issue recommendations to G7 on digital innovation

The Information Technology Industry Council ('ITI') announced, on 9 April 2021, that they had, along with 16 other associations, sent a letter outlining recommendations for G7 leaders to stimulate innovation in the digital economy. In particular, the letter details that enabling free data flows with trust is critical to fighting COVID-19 and ensuring a functioning global economy. Furthermore, the letter suggests, among other things:

  • G7 members strengthen their commitment to facilitate the free flow of data and refrain from imposing localisation measures;
  • ensure non-discriminatory regulatory approaches to digital services and technologies;
  • oppose measure requiring forced disclosure of sensitive company information;
  • adoption of strong privacy protections that reflect global consensus frameworks and facilitate global interoperability;
  • refrain from discriminatory digital tax measures; and
  • enhance cybersecurity across all sectors.

You can read the letter here.