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Statement on the Introduction of the LEADS Act

Washington, D.C. – Internet Association President and CEO Michael Beckerman issues the following statement on the introduction of the LEADS Act:

“Government surveillance laws that extend beyond U.S. borders are a significant problem for Internet companies and their global community of users, but the LEADS Act, as currently written, could incentivize data localization and therefore weaken user privacy. The Internet Association believes that an alternative approach focusing rules on a user’s citizenship – rather than where the data is stored – can address these concerns, and we look forward to working with Congress on protecting users and reforming government surveillance.”