Transferring Personal Data in Asia: A path to legal certainty and regional convergence

The Asian Business Law Institute (ABLI) published, at the end of May, a Comparative Review and Table on the laws and regulations on cross-border data transfers in 14 Asia-Pacific jurisdictions.

This unique piece of work aims to provide the public stakeholders of the region that are currently drafting or reviewing their transfer frameworks with an overview and analysis of the transfer principles, legal grounds and mechanisms that operate in the laws of their neighbours, on areas such as consent, contracts, BCR, certification, CBPR, privacy codes, adequacy, statutory exemptions, and localisation.

This work further analyses the main areas of differences, but also the potential of convergence in many transfer provisions in Asian laws, with recommendations attached.

ABLI and Project Lead Dr Clarisse Girot are grateful to the regional Data Protection Offices that provided comments and clarifications on their systems, Commissioner Kiat How Tan of the Personal Data Protection Commission of Singapore, Justice BN Srikrishna and Mr Peter Leonard for their kind reviews, and many industry and project partners for their input.

ABLI counts on your continued the support for the work that lies ahead, and looks forward to stronger partnership going forward. 

The Comparative Review and Table is available for free here


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