2015: The Turning Point for Data Privacy Regulation in Asia?


2014 was a very eventful year for data privacy regulation in Asia and a number of significant regulatory developments, in particular the implementation of new, comprehensive “European-style” privacy laws in Singapore and Malaysia, the amendment of China’s consumer protection law to include data privacy principles and increased financial penalties in South Korea.

Equally importantly, there were significant data security and data privacy breaches and enforcement actions across the region in 2014, with privacy mishaps consistently featuring in Asian headlines. These developments have meant immediate consequences in the form of regulatory action, sanctions and adverse publicity for those investigated or found to be on the wrong side of the law. These high profile incidents are also proving to have a broader impact by raising public awareness of privacy issues to levels never before seen and emboldening regulatory authorities to take action.

Source Note: This article was first published in Data Protection Law & Policy in January 2015.

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