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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Greenleaf on ASEAN's Two Speed Data Privacy Laws: Some Race Ahead @grahamgreenleaf

Graham Greenleaf, University of New South Wales, Faculty of Law, has published ASEAN's Two Speed Data Privacy Laws: Some Race Ahead at 147 Privacy Laws & Business International Report 25-28 (2017). Here is the abstract.

The ten ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) member states include some of the world’s most rapidly-developing economies, and have high ambitions for economic integration. The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), established in 2015, has as one of its e-commerce objectives the development in 2016-2025 of a ‘coherent and comprehensive framework for personal data protection’, including ‘Regional Data Protection and Privacy Principles’. By 2014 five of the ten member states had enacted data privacy laws: Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines and, to a lesser extent, Indonesia and Vietnam. Since then, there have been significant developments in all five countries, including strong enforcement actions in both Singapore and the Philippines in the past year, and new legislation in Indonesia and Vietnam. However, there have been few developments since 2014 in the other five members (Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand), so that overall, there is limited progress toward the ‘coherence’ which is the aim of the AEC. This article surveys developments in all these countries from mid-2014 to mid-2017.

Download the article from SSRN at the link.

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