Global Data Alliance

The Global Data Alliance is a cross-industry coalition of companies that are committed to high standards of data responsibility and that rely on the ability to transfer data around the world to innovate and create jobs. Administered by BSA | The Software Alliance, the Global Data Alliance supports policies that help instill trust in the digital economy while safeguarding the ability to transfer data across borders and refraining from imposing data localization requirements that restrict trade. Learn more >>

The Issue

Cross-border data transfers power innovation and job growth across the globe in all sectors of the economy. There has been an increase in government policies around the world that impose data localization requirements or restrict cross-border data transfers. Such restrictions:

  • Inhibit growth and innovation across industry sectors, all of which increasingly rely on data to improve products and services; and
  • Impact sectors such as manufacturing, financial services, consumer products, transportation, and logistics.
Cross-Border Data Policy Principles
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Cross-Border Data
Policy Principles

It is increasingly important that like-minded companies cooperate to strengthen and reinforce an international policy consensus that is focused on data transfers and built on a foundation of trust.

Infographic: Jobs in All Sectors Depend Upon Data Flows
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Jobs in All Sectors
Depend Upon Data Flows

In sectors from agriculture to advanced manufacturing, cross-border data transfers provide benefits—enabling innovation, creating jobs, and promoting productivity, safety, and environmental responsibility—through 21st century technologies like cloud computing, blockchain, data analytics, and artificial intelligence (AI).

Infographic: Cross-Border Data Transfer Facts and Figures
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Cross-Border Data Transfer: Facts & Figures

Cross-border connectivity—the movement of data across borders—powers innovation and job growth in all sectors and for people across the world. The statistical evidence is compelling.


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Unite – Bring together a multi-sector group of global stakeholders that recognize the importance of the data economy.

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Inform – Educate policymakers in markets around the world about the importance of international data transfers to all industry sectors.

Persuade – Utilize data-focused policy expertise & smart advocacy to promote cross-border data flows & to avoid data localization mandates. 

Global Reach

Leveraging BSA Offices & Personnel
Washington, DC; Brussels; Singapore*
Bangkok, Beijing, New Delhi, São Paulo, Seoul, Tokyo

* regional offices

Leveraging BSA International Staff
Staff and trusted network of lawyers and consultants in 30+ countries across five continents
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Ear to the Ground
Ability to monitor regional/local activity for members in real time

Substantive Depth

  • In-depth subject matter expertise and advocacy on data transfer policy and digital trade across the globe.
  • Multi-sector perspective informed by its members’ work in areas such as agriculture, manufacturing, aerospace, finance, and film production.

Cross Border Data Across All Sectors

In every sector, cross-border access to cloud-based technology and data helps sustain global commerce, create jobs, protect consumers, improve health and safety, and promote social good. Global Data Alliance primers outline these benefits on a sector-by-sector basis.

Primer: Cross-Border Data Transfers & Telecommunication and Network Technologies
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Telecommunication and IT networks enable cross-border data transfers to connect people, as well as schools, hospitals, factories, and organizations. Learn More >>

Primer: Cross-Border Data Transfers & Biopharmaceutical Research and Development
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Biopharmaceutical R&D

Cross-border data transfers can accelerate early-stage biopharmaceutical R&D, as researchers search for the best drug candidates. Learn More >>

Primer: Cross-Border Data Transfers & Innovation
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Technological and scientific endeavors are inherently cross-border in a connected global economy. Today’s challenges call for creative and inventive endeavors on a collaborative, coordinated, and crossborder scale. Learn More >>

Primer: Cross-Border Data Transfers & Supply Chain Management
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Supply Chain Management

Cross-border data transfers are integral to international supply chains, which depend upon the seamless movement of information across borders to optimize sourcing, finance, logistics, risk mitigation, and responsiveness. Learn More >>

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Remote Health

Cross-border access to remote health technologies often allows access to state-of-the-art cybersecurity and privacy protections, along with advantages from a health care cost, timeliness, and patient access perspective. Learn More >>

GDA Remote Work Report
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Remote Work

Countries can build their economic resilience and productivity by maintaining policies that promote crossborder data transfers and adopting remote workplace technologies. Learn More >>

News & Events







As a service to members, the Global Data Alliance distributes weekly updates on global developments impacting cross-border data transfers in markets around the world, along with other tailored updates. See below for several recent samples:




Global Data Alliance members also include BSA global members:

These companies are headquartered across the globe and are active in the advanced manufacturing, aerospace, agriculture, automotive, energy, electronics, entertainment, financial and payment services, health, retail and consumer goods, supply chain, and telecommunications sectors, among others. Learn more about membership >>

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