G7 Digital & Technology Roundtable: Investigating Data Localisation Impacts on MSMEs and Alternative Policy Responses – GOV.UK

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Updated 21 December 2021

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In April 2021, the G7 Digital and Technology Ministers committed to a G7 Roadmap for Cooperation on Data Free Flow with Trust which set out a plan for action across four cross cutting policy areas. This included data localisation, where Ministers agreed to build an evidence base on the impacts of localisation measures, including on Micro Small Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), and alternative policy responses. *Following on from the G7 Roadmap, this roundtable event, facilitated by techUK at the Leeds Digital Festival, brought together across two panels (Panel 1: Investigating Data Localisation Impacts on MSMEs; Panel 2: Alternative Policy Responses to Data Localisation) experts from business, academia and government to discuss and further an evidence base. A list of speakers for each of the panels is on the Leeds Digital Festival website here.
The UK’s Minister of State for Media, Data and Digital Infrastructure, Julia Lopez MP, from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) provided the opening remarks. Minister Lopez spoke about the importance of creating an evidence base to support continued discussions on localisation, and the value of hearing firsthand from businesses and academia. The Minister noted the complexity of the topic, of its impact on trade, but also on wider society and the need to address security and privacy concerns holistically.
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