This report underscores the importance of the work the Department of Commerce is doing on privacy and innovation in the Internet economy and the intra-agency Internet Policy Task Force. The mission of the Task Force is to identify leading public policy and operational challenges in the Internet environment. This Task Force is studying — among other issues — how international data privacy laws and regulations affect global Internet commerce, companies’ compliance costs and product development.
The Task Force plays an important role promoting the right policy framework to facilitate the free flow of data across borders as well as the growth of electronic commerce and international trade. The Task Force took the initiative to work with its counterparts in Canada and Mexico on this report to better understand the barriers that U.S. companies face when dealing with data flow issues related to trade between the United States, Mexico and Canada.