Magazine article Information Management

Report Compares Privacy Laws in 13 Asian Countries

Magazine article Information Management

Report Compares Privacy Laws in 13 Asian Countries

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While 13 jurisdictions in Asia have enacted comprehensive privacy laws, the European Commission has recognized only New Zealand as providing adequate protection, according to a report written by the law firm of Morrison & Foerster LLP and published by Bloomberg BNA.

China is not included in the list because it is pursuing a piecemeal, sectoral approach to privacy laws, according to Morrison & Foerster. Vietnam has been sluggish in developing privacy laws, and so it is not included either. Thailand and Indonesia have drafted privacy proposals that government leaders are currently debating.

According to the report, the 13 countries with comprehensive privacy laws have common elements with respect to notice, consent choice, security, access, and correction and data integrity. They also have common data retention provisions that generally "require organizations to retain the personal information only for the period of time required to achieve the purpose of the processing," the report states. …

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