Tech legal shield included in USMCA despite late Pelosi push
The chair and ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Reps. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) and Greg Walden (R-Ore.), sent a letter to U.S. trade representative Robert Lighthizer in October urging that language from Section 230 to be stripped from the deal.
Pelosi said Tuesday that she had received that letter “after I made the pledge of not moving any goalposts.”
The inclusion of the protections is a major win for tech interest groups, many of which released laudatory statements Tuesday.
“In its protections on the internet and digital economy – such as forced data localization prohibitions, balanced copyright provisions and intermediary liability protections – the new NAFTA gives us a key opportunity to cement our nation’s leadership as the best place in the world to develop talent and build companies,” said Gary Shapiro, CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, a trade association which represents major tech companies including Amazon, Google and Facebook.
“This landmark agreement contains the strongest digital and intellectual property chapters found in any free-trade agreement to-date, which will foster innovation for American companies across industries and will help ensure North America’s leadership for future technology R&D and manufacturing,” Cinnamon Rogers, an executive at the tech trade group the Computing Technology Industry Association, said.