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The Cross-Border Data Forum (CBDF) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit group that addresses international data transfer policy issues. The mission of the CBDF is to provide a forum for well-researched and well-written discussion of cross-border data issues. The CBDF does not engage in lobbying.

Any statements made or positions taken in articles published on this website or other statements made or positions taken by third parties that appear on this website are independently written and those of the author only. Publication on this website does not represent agreement with those statements or positions by the Cross Border Data Forum or by any participating individuals or organizations.

Since its creation in 2018, the Cross-Border Data Forum (CBDF) has sought to promote and achieve four key goals:

Fulfill legitimate law enforcement requests for data relevant to the investigation of serious crimes;

Protect and promote privacy and human rights as essential to new legal approaches;

Provide a workable regime for the companies holding data of interest to law enforcement;

Safeguard the Internet by resisting calls to localize data and splinter the Internet.

The CBDF pursues these goals through the publication of scholarship and promotion of discussion around the creation, implementation, and reform of data transfers. Many of its publications have addressed issues concerning government access to data for law enforcement and national security purposes, such as the Budapest Convention 2d Additional Protocol, the EU E-Evidence Regulation, the EU/U.S. Data Privacy Framework, and the OECD Principles on Trusted Government Access to Data Held in the Private Sector, the United Nations Convention on Cybercrime, and the U.S. CLOUD Act. The CBDF has published articles on the intersection of cybersecurity and cross-border transfers, and has addressed topics touching on many parts of the world, including Africa, Australia, Brazil, China, the European Union, India, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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