Global ad provider Google has come out in favor of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.
The web giant’s general counsel Kent Walker noted in a blog post that the agreement “is not perfect” and decried the lack of transparency that has dogged the process, but argues that it “recognizes the Internet’s transformative impact on trade.”
“The Internet has revolutionized how people can share and access information, and the TPP promotes the free flow of information in ways that are unprecedented for a binding international agreement,” Walker writes.
“The TPP requires the 12 participating countries to allow cross-border transfers of information and prohibits them from requiring local storage of data. These provisions will support the Internet’s open architecture and make it more difficult for TPP countries to block Internet sites.”