Interface between global trade and surveillance: Ritwij Shrivastava


Author- Ritwij Shrivastava[1]

Dr. D.Y. Patil Law College, Pune University, Pune

ISSN: 2582-3655 


The relationship between international trade and growth is one of the most popular debates in the international economics literature. even though there are various hypothetical methods and experimental examinations about the issue, the bearing of the causality also, the estimation of the interaction by the by staying unsure. on this look at, subjective near investigation conveyed through Ragin (1987) is executed, remarkable from the former observational examination on the subject. The results present the conditions for development inside the US of America organizations concerned. The discoveries imply that change inclusion keeps on being of momentous significance in expressions of invigorating expansion in developing nations, even as it has little essentialness in created global areas. concerning the speculations of development, the coast of exchange has a significance in the devotion of the pace of financial development since exchange gives the improvement of time access a region that winds up betting an essential capacity in creations and benefits of rivalry. This eventually cultivates both the improvement and increment of a given financial framework. in any case, there are a few contentions that proclaim that best trade can’t achieve monetary development and advancement and consequently there are different components like the political security, the amount to which the dependable guideline of the guideline is upheld, the populace increment rate, and the degree of optional and tertiary enrolment among various significant issues. the guideline objective of this content is to offer an inside and out investigation of worldwide change and determine the effect that it applies on the overall economy with the guide of narrowing down to provincial, multilateral and respective trade arrangements and their belongings. The investigation also presents current data and records about the improvements in global substitutes like the Brexit and America-China substitute fight which are on the whole influencing the monetary blast of separate districts.

Keywords: International trade, openness, growth, qualitative comparative analysis


Surveillance plays a very important role in everyone’s life. So, lets’ discuss how surveillance impacts global trade. The general thinking is that if there is too much surveillance then customers’ confidence is lost as basic human rights are infringed. So what we suggest here is to strike out a balance between human rights (right to privacy) and surveillance. With more advancement in technology, surveillance has increased a lot in global trade as well and sometimes it ends up violating the rights of traders and customers due to excessive surveillance. The stakeholders who are affected by this issue are the international organizations, the private business class and non-governmental and governmental organizations of different countries.

General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS)

“Article XIV ( c) (ii) of the WTO’s General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) permits trade restrictions that are necessary for the protection of the privacy of individuals concerning the processing and distribution of individual data and the protection of concealment of separate records and accounts”, specifies that “such measures are not applied in a manner which would constitute a means of arbitrary or indefensible discrimination between countries where like conditions prevail, or a camouflaged restriction on trade in services”.[2]

“Approximately 12% of the global goods trade is conducted via international e-commerce, with much of it driven by platforms such as Alibaba, Amazon, eBay, Flipkart, and Rakuten. Beyond e-commerce, digital platforms for both traditional employment and freelance assignments are beginning to create a more global labour market.”[3] “Some 50% of the world’s traded services are already digitized.”[4]

There are several countries where data protection legislation has grown seemingly in recent years. However, still, there are a few countries where there is no law in place related to data protection and this reduces a wide range of trust and confidence in commercial activities. There is a minimum legal requirement that needs to be fulfilled in cross-border data transfer and it sometimes becomes difficult to meet these requirements if there no baseline data protection legislation. If there are no data protection laws then it has an undesirable influence arranged the individual who deals in the absence of any data protection laws. People lose their confidence and it acts as a hurdle in global trade. Therefore, I would suggest that there should a balance between privacy rights and surveillance.

Theoretical framework

Even though drafting and implementing data protection laws is a very time taking and challenging task. “Overviews through UNCTAD of administration agents in 48 nations in Africa, Asia and Latin the US and the Caribbean factor to the need to develop acknowledgment and comprehension among legislators and the legal executive, for you to plan educated rules and laws inside the zone of records security and to authorize them strongly”[5] More than 60% of the representatives reported difficulties in understanding legal issues related to data protection and privacy. So what is suggested here is to create awareness about the data protection laws so that necessary measures are taken and global trade is accelerated. Here, we do not deny the fact that data protection is important and privacy rights of people are also very important but what is suggested here is that there should be stability between data protection and surveillance so that the privacy rights of the individuals are not infringed nor should there be a dominance of either of the things leading to abuse in the global market.

Exemptions from surveillance can be based on the type of data subject, the sensitivity of data, sources of data or sectoral data so that such kind of data is protected.[6] Sometimes exemptions can be complex therefore it can also be decided based on facts and circumstances of the case depending on the laws and situation prevailing at that time. The major problems faced in case of data protection is due to advancement in technology, things like “cloud computing, the internet of things and big data analytics”[7] are some of the hindrances in data protection especially in the area of ‘personal data’ and the management of data transfers between different countries.

No single model is managing the cross border data transfer even though there are a variety of approaches to this issue. The Council of Europe Convention 108 is the only data protection initiative take that provides specific coverage to data security of different countries and surveillance issues, and even the coverage mentioned in the convention is restricted to a minor exemption, i.e., Article 9 which allows countries to derogate from only three of the Convention’s provisions that is data quality, sensitive data and access rights to maintain state security. The derogation is only allowed to the extent necessary in a democratic society”. The motive of balancing surveillance and data protection requirements remains a challenging task. The decision in the case of Schrems v Facebook [8]directed to place terms and conditions on reconnaissance in any records security system in Europe, and this will have a thump on results on every one of those wards that agree to ECU guideline eagerly. America has started a few changes that reinforce administration and oversight of the knowledge organizations and presents clients with capacity roads for review. The US is measured by a leader in this field.

Critical Analysis

Determining of jurisdiction is one of the major issues in all important areas of laws one of which is in cases of cross-border data transfer. It has become a very major issue in data protection cases. Due to the widespread circulation of data across different countries partly and due to the absence of any particular global agreement on data protection issue. If there is an issue related to jurisdiction then there needs to be knowledge of certain things like where the cause of action arose, which country the plaintiff belonged to, which country the defendant was from, etc.

The best possible to security underneath worldwide human guideline is moreover not, at this point outright any illustration of impedance is issue to a cautious and basic assessment of its need, authenticity and proportionality. The view of the High Commissioner for Human Rights at the correct to privateness inside the advanced age (A/HRC/27/37)” The document says that “rehearses in loads of States have … found an absence of adequate nationwide standards as well as requirement, frail procedural protections, and futile oversight, all of which have added to an absence of responsibility for self-assertive or unlawful obstruction inside the privilege to security”. In July 2015, the Human Rights Council named Professor Joseph Cannataci (from Malta) because the main ever uncommon Rapporteur on the best possible to privateness. “In March 2016, the extraordinary Rapporteur arranged his first record at the privilege of security, which got submitted to the Human Rights Council (A/HRC/31/64). The archive portrays his inventive and farsighted for the command and gives knowledge into the condition of security toward the beginning of 2016 and a piece plan for the initial 3 years of the order. to have the option to encourage the method of also an elaboration on the size of the best possible to privateness and its seeking with other common liberties the uncommon Rapporteur has progressed a framework Ten-factor activity plan.[9] The principle of proportionality should be followed regarding the interface between surveillance and privacy rights.

The private sector has also played a very important role in data protection in several ways mainly in policy development. Being one of the major stakeholders in the debate they think that minimum trade rights should be kept in mind while making policies related to data protection and global trade. All the perspectives should be kept in mind while making policies and the private sector should be given an opportunity in choosing the extent of surveillance over their data. The policies should be made for the benefit of the private sector and it should not create a burden on them by imposing excessive surveillance. The private sector says that their opinion should be taken while drafting policies related to cross border data transfer. They being one the stakeholders to the debate have always supported the legislations related to data protection or surveillance and ensure to maintain the right balance between data privacy and surveillance. They suggest that the basic motto of making such legislation should be to gain public trust and confidence by having fairness in lawmaking.

The challenge here is to balance out the interest between the customers, government and companies. Certain things should be kept in mind to conclude this issue, i.e., whatever data is collected it should be lawfully done. There should be proper accountability and transparency with regard to both surveillance and privacy. If some data is protected then it should be legally allowed to maintain the privacy of that data. There should always be a purpose or reason for data collection and data protection. The organization should be clear with the intention for collection or disclosure of the data in hand. Also, there has been no fixed law to manage global data protection and privacy but harmony needs to be maintained by the countries in dealing with such issues. There should also be the availability of options for updating the protected data so that there is the availability of correct data whenever required. Also talking about the issue of determination of jurisdiction, it should be determined based on where the cause of action arose, i.e., where the misuse of data took place. The companies or organizations that are dealing in cross border data transfer need to take responsibility for their actions if it is found that there is a misuse of data or abuse of the privileges given so the cross border data dealings will adequately take place. There needs to be someone who has to be held responsible for the repercussions.

The laws should be made keeping in mind all the stakeholders allowing competition and also maintaining privacy, therefore, preventing abuse of the laws that are provided by the legislation. Surveillance activities should be under strict governance. Legal remedies should be given to individuals who are affected by these issues and personal data should only be collected when they’re a necessary and justifiable reason for doing that. Developing countries need to be a part of such laws because it will inculcate trust among the citizens of such developing countries regarding data protection also the developing countries will become a part of global trade by doing so which will accelerate their development rate.

Global debates should include all the stakeholders of the debate to come to a valid and justifiable conclusion like in the present case also a logical conclusion can only be derived if everyone related to the said issue participates responsibly and actively. There are various discussions and suggestions made related to the issue but the implementation of it still lacks somewhere down the line. Actual victory will only be achieved if there is a proper implementation of laws it will also lead to the winning of confidence of the citizen and will also be a reason for the growth of the global trade. It will not only benefit a developed country or a developing country in specific but the world at large booting the economy. Implementation of such laws will have a positive impact on the world economy at large benefitting the citizens of both developing and developed countries. It is also suggested that United Nation can help in framing and implementation of global data protection and surveillance laws for the world at large. It should be taken into consideration that if the suggested ideas are followed then it’ll have a wide impact on the world at large. If we want better economic trade and good global relations then someone has to take the initiative to implement it and the people having such power can do so to their possible extend.


The association between substitute and increment is one of the greatest celebrated discussions in overall financial matters writing. even though there are different hypothetical strategies and exact examinations about the issue, the bearing of the causality and the centrality of the collaboration by and by stay indistinct. in this investigation, exact writing is assessed in data and the interchange among trade transparency and monetary expansion in 5 US enterprises is explored. exceptional measures for trade receptiveness are utilized. further to that, subjective relative assessment is applied, selective from the past observational investigations on the point. To the results, the nations where income stage is low and fares capacity (fundamentally over the top period trades) is controlled develop after they practice duties. At the end of the day, this finding underpins the possibility that immature countries ought to agree to protectionist guidelines towards overall trade to animate their monetary blast. hence, you may complete that high recognition of substitute receptiveness is best in extra developed nations. inside the beginning phases of progress, applying obstructions to exchange empowers the economies to create. on the other hand, in developing economies (for example, in upper community benefits countries), while taxes executed to produced products are alluring for the monetary blast, duties forced on number one merchandise have a horrible effect on financial expansion because of the way that these sort of levies confine the viable limit of the economy. these discoveries can be assessed as proof supporting the little child industry postulation and the idea of ground-breaking charge of protectionism.

[1] Student of B.A.LLB(Hons.)in 4th Year, Dr. D.Y. Patil Law College, Pune.


[3] Manyika, J., Lund, S., Robinson, K., Valentino, J., & Dobbs, R. (2015), A labor market that works: Connecting talent with opportunity in the digital age. San Francisco, CA: McKinsey Global Institute.

[4] Castro, D., & McQuinn, A. (2015). Cross-border data flows enable growth in all industries. Information Technology and Innovation Foundation2, 1-21.

[5] UNCTAD Report.

[6] Data protection regulations and international data flows: Implications for trade and development by UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE ON TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT

[7] id 6.

[8] C-498/16 – EUR-Lex


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