By centralizing data storage and governance, clouds can actually provide better security at a lower cost than can traditional computing environments. Cloud environments can also provide differentiated levels of security, reflecting the fact that certain types of data warrant a higher level of protection. Fundamentally, the growth of cloud computing, and the cloud's value to future economic growth, will continue only if its development is guided by the same open, market-based approach that has long enabled the dynamic growth of the Internet and ICT generally.
To ensure transatlantic gains that advance ICT services, cloud computing and other similar aspects of digital commerce, the T-TIP should include the following:
* Strong, binding provisions to support the cross-border flow of data. Service suppliers across all industry sectors and their customers should be able to freely transfer, access, process, store, and manage information across borders, all of which are essential to meeting contractual obligations. Product developers and service suppliers rely on the free-flow of information, and the T-TIP should include workable mechanisms that allow for greater interoperability, thereby facilitating cross-border data flows.
* An explicit agreement assuring that ICT service providers will continue to be free to choose the methodology for delivering cross-border services, without country-specific, local data server, cross-border services or similar data requirements.
* Technology-neutral approaches to ensure that current services, including cloud computing, Web hosting, software as a service, audio visual services, and others, are all covered, and that commitments in computer and related services also cover emerging and evolving services as technology advances.
* Measures that embrace the promotion of interoperability and mutual recognition of privacy, data protection, and cybersecurity frameworks.
* Continued reliance on global ICT standards developed via standard-setting processes that are consensus-based, transparent, and industry-led, with participation open to interested parties.
The T-TIP should strive to sustain and enhance cooperation on the protection of intellectual property rights. It should provide effective protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights to create a climate in which innovators are encouraged to invest in the research, development, and commercialization of leading-edge technologies, and promote the dissemination of technologies and services. New and complementary approaches that enable the digital economy to function, balanced to include effective protection of intellectual property, should be encouraged, and should respect principles such as freedom of expression, fair process, and privacy.
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