Transferring data across borders in Asia: Potential for convergence

Clarisse Girot of the Asian Business Law Institute (ABLI) in Singapore reports on the results of its comparative review.

On 28 May the Singapore-based Asian Business Law Institute (ABLI) published a comparative analytical review entitled Transferring Personal Data in Asia: a path to legal certainty and regional convergence, covering 14 Asian jurisdictions: Australia, China, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Japan, Macau SAR, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The review is available on the website of the Singapore Academy of Law, together with a comprehensive ‘Comparative Table on Laws, Bills, and Regulations on Personal Data Transfers in Asia’, on which the review is based.(1) The data protection commissions of the region have expressed their support for ABLI’s work by providing comments or clarifications on their respective national frameworks, and industry representatives, law practitioners, and think tanks from across the region have provided input to ensure its practical relevance.

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