Magazine article Information Management

New Data Privacy Laws Are Launching in Asia in 2017

Magazine article Information Management

New Data Privacy Laws Are Launching in Asia in 2017

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For several months the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has soaked up a lot of ink, but it won't be in effect until May. Meanwhile, many e-discovery professionals are uninformed about new similar changes in Asia, according to an article on LegalTechNews.com.

In Japan, for instance, the Act on the Protection of Personal Information (APPI) was amended to address such common factors as the explosion in the volume of data, the risk in data breaches, and the illegal sale of private data.

The amendments took effect May 30; Japanese authorities expect all companies to follow them.

In part, the new provisions of the APPI create a Personal Information Protection Commission that will be independent and have enforcement power. Also new are the information classifications of sensitive and anonymized. Sensitive information (about a person's race, creed, social status, medical history, and so on) merits enhanced regulatory protection; anonymized data can be transmitted with restrictions but without the individual's consent. …

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