WASHINGTON – CompTIA, the Computing Technology Industry Association, today issued the following statement concerning the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). The following statement should be attributed to Elizabeth Hyman, executive vice president, public advocacy:
“CompTIA supports passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. This Agreement will facilitate access to expanded markets for our members, as well as all U.S. technology companies, while boosting the U.S. economy and increasing American jobs.
The TPP takes an important step in promoting strong and balanced copyright and related rights protection. The TPP also contains important provisions that generally protect cross-border data flows. This protection is much needed in view of trends in some countries to restrict data movement – in or out of the country. Further, it will guard against locality requirements that mandate companies to establish local data storage facilities, which would negate the economic benefits and efficiencies of the Internet.
Even as we note our support for passage of the TPP, we understand that this agreement negotiated among twelve countries could not accomplish all the needs of U.S. businesses. Accordingly, we encourage USTR to continue to work to further allow cross-border data flows and defend against data localization requirements for the financial services industry.
After six long years of negotiations, it is gratifying to see the TPP talks come to a conclusion. We applaud the hard work and dedication of our U.S. negotiators to reach an accord. Now, we urge Congress to move forward to ratify the TPP.”
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About CompTIA Advocacy
Through its advocacy arm, CompTIA champions member-driven business and IT priorities that impact all information technology companies – from small managed solutions providers and software developers to large equipment manufacturers and communications service providers. CompTIA gives eyes, ears and a voice to technology companies, informing them of policy developments – and providing the means to do something about it.