Information Goes Global: Protecting Privacy, Security, and the New Economy in a World of Cross-Border Data Flows

E15Initiative. Geneva: International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and World Economic Forum, 2015.

UC Davis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 480

14 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2016

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Usman Ahmed

Georgetown University Law Center

Anupam Chander

Georgetown University Law Center

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

This paper addresses the question of whether it is possible to balance the need for a free flow of information across borders with legitimate government concerns related to public order, consumer privacy, and security. The paper begins by highlighting the risks associated with limitations on free information flows and the policy concerns that lead to these limitations. The paper then provides an analysis of the current international regime on cross-border information flows. The authors argue that specific binding trade language promoting cross-border flows — combined with continued international cooperation — will enhance, rather than undermine, public order, national security, and privacy.

Keywords: privacy, security, public order, international trade, data localization, free expression

Suggested Citation

Ahmed, Usman and Chander, Anupam, Information Goes Global: Protecting Privacy, Security, and the New Economy in a World of Cross-Border Data Flows (2015). E15Initiative. Geneva: International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and World Economic Forum, 2015., UC Davis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 480, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2731888

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Georgetown University Law Center ( email )

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