digital services

The Power of Digital Services for Consumers

The imposition of restrictions on the movement of information, particularly financial data or personal data, also risks changing the landscape.  I could not have booked my hotels or paid for my car rental, if I had been unable to move my own data across borders.  Yet governments are increasingly interested in stopping exactly these types of transactions.  Not simply to keep me from traveling, of course, but a collateral impact of many poorly thought-through policies will be to hamper the freedom of consumers to operate globally and for firms to attract customers from anywhere.  Even restrictions on the location of data servers could impact my ability to book hotels in Greece.  It could easily drive up the costs of delivering services and make it too costly for some smaller firms, like tiny hotels in Arachova, to advertise on some sites.