Towards A Shared Legal Ecosystem for International Data Flows in Asia

Ninety of the best experts and high-level government officials in the region gathered on 7 February 2018 at ABLI’s Forum “Towards A Shared Legal Ecosystem for International Data Flows in Asia”.

This key event was the first time in Asia that representatives from government, data protection regulators, industry and the legal community across 19 jurisdictions met to discuss how to achieve a common Asian framework to share and transfer information across international borders.

The fragmented data privacy laws and data localisation requirements in Asia are considered one of the biggest stumbling blocks to the development of the digital economy and e-commerce and for pushing up the costs of doing business in the region. The Forum is part of ABLI’s Data Privacy Project which aims to help address these challenges. More information about ABLI’s Data Privacy Project can be found here:

The Forum also acted as a catalyst for other privacy events in Singapore this week, including seminars and workshops organized by the Personal Data Protection Commission, the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Singapore Academy of Law. We are delighted that ABLI’s jurisdictional reporters played prominent roles at these side events.

Link to the Forum’s programme here.

Link to the Forum’s news release here.

Link to the Welcome address delivered by The Honourable the Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon at the Forum here.

Link to the paper prepared by Professor Graham Greenleaf, who chaired the session, for Session II of the Forum “The Legal and Business Risks of Inconsistencies and Gaps in Coverage in Asian Data Protection Laws” which summarises the gaps and inconsistencies in coverage as a basis for discussion here

Link to the Forum's photos here.


- The Welcome address being delivered by The Honourable the Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon