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Is Asia Pacific’s data protection up to standard?

by , Australasian Lawyer 

 

 

As the European Union implements GDPR, the quality of Asia Pacific’s legal framework for data protection is under question.

The Asian Business Law Institute is asking whether the region’s countries have sufficiently safe rules on the handling of personal data.

It says that the different rules and standards enforced by Asian countries on the cross-border transfers of personal information is a big concern for businesses.

Companies operating in China, Vietnam and Indonesia may need to incur additional costs to set up local data centres within these countries if data privacy laws prevent personal data generated by their citizens to be imported out of the country.

“This is a very complex area of law in Asia. ABLI’s role is to put forth practical solutions to policy makers and legal practitioners. We will do this by drafting recommendations to law makers and governments, in collaboration with experts, data protection regulators and the industry from across the region. The first set of recommendations for a more cohesive framework for cross-border data transfers in Asia will be ready in the first months of 2019,” said Dr Clarisse Girot, Senior Research Fellow and Leader of the Data Privacy Project at the Asian Business Law Institute (ABLI).

The institute is publishing its compendium Regulation of Cross-Border Transfers of Personal Data in Asia free of charge on its website from today (28 May).

The full article can be found here.

 

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