Public Policy

Symantec participates in the development of public policy that affects our industry, business, products, and customers. In partnership with business and trade associations, we work with local, regional, national, and international lawmakers and government agencies to advocate for policy and legislation that supports our ability to protect our customers, innovate, and ensure the unimpeded flow of the world’s information.

We engage in public policy debates worldwide and our experts are called upon to testify in front of the U.S. Congress, in Europe, and around the globe.  We look to promote legislation that can truly accommodate the complexities of global cyber security and to ensure that our business can compete on a level playing field across the global marketplace.  Our Government Affairs team partners closely with governments around the world to help raise cyber awareness, mitigate threats, assist with policy development, and share cyber threat information.

In order to ensure appropriate and consistent engagement, the Government Affairs Team communicates regularly with internal and external subject matter experts and stakeholders on current and emerging policy and legislative issues. Their input is used to shape and align our public policy approaches and activities.

Symantec Political Action Committee

In the United States, Symantec formed a political action committee (PAC) that makes contributions to federal candidates. The PAC is funded by voluntary donations made by eligible Symantec employees. Symantec evaluates potential recipients of PAC funds based on their understanding of our key public policy issues. Details on the PAC, our approach to political engagement, and a complete list of candidates that have received Symantec PAC contributions and total amounts contributed can be found online at our Political Engagement page.  

To read more about Symantec’s policies regarding political contributions and personal political activities, please see the Symantec Code of Conduct.

Several issues that Symantec has addressed in its public policy outreach include:

  • Securing Information—Symantec partners with trade associations, federal, state, local governments around the world, to support and advocate for legislation, policy, and public education as it relates to online crime, Internet safety, cyber security and privacy.
  • Protection of intellectual property (IP) —IP theft and copyright infringement have a direct impact on Symantec. To ensure the protection of our IP, we work with key government and public sector stakeholders to strengthen intellectual property protection for software, both in digital and physical form through various legislative and policy initiatives.
  • Cloud—Symantec advocates globally for policies that will advance the implementation and the security of cloud computing.
  • Privacy—Symantec works with trade associations and governments around the world to advocate for policies that enhance the security and privacy of individuals worldwide.
  • The environment, climate change, and Green IT—Symantec collaborates with key stakeholders and trade association to advocate for environmentally friendly policies that support Green IT adoption and promote awareness.

Symantec partners with and supports the efforts of various organizations that engage in shaping public policy around online safety, cyber security, privacy, intellectual property, and other challenging issues. Symantec holds memberships in a number of trade associations, as well as leadership positions on boards and task forces. If you have questions about any of our memberships, or would like additional information on a specific topic, feel free to contact the GA Team. Current memberships include: