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Data, and its flow across borders, support global economic and social interactions. However, regulation conditioning its movement across borders or mandating local storage has been on the rise. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) have joined forces to study some of the economic implications of this evolving landscape.

By providing information about your business activities, how you rely on cross-border data flows and what costs might be associated with different regulation, you will be helping policy-makers better understand the emerging challenges that firms such as yours face. The (aggregate) results of your answers will be useful for shaping and designing policies that can enable data to flow across borders with “trust”.

This questionnaire will take you about 15 minutes to fill in. All responses will be kept strictly confidential and will only be presented in an aggregate format. No enterprise-specific or personal or sensitive information will be disclosed and results will, under no circumstances, be shared outside the organisations. The OECD and the WTO appreciate the value of business input and take the confidentiality of responses seriously.

The questionnaire, which you can also access in PDF format here, asks for information on three topics (1) characteristics of your company; (2) how your company uses data; and (3) how regulation might affect your business, with a focus on a) regulation affecting data flows; and b) data localisation regulation. Staff with knowledge of how business manages its information flows and privacy responsibilities may have easiest access to the information to answer the questions in sections (2) and (3).

For any enquiries related to this questionnaire, please contact: Javier Lopez Gonzalez (Javier.LOPEZGONZALEZ@oecd.org)