Kennedys reference guide to Asia-Pacific data privacy laws

Kennedys has produced a handy summary of the state of data privacy laws in the Asia-Pacific region.

The two-part summary includes:

  • Reference Guide to Personal Data Privacy Laws in Asia-Pacific - an at-a-glance comparison of the privacy principles adopted in the 11 Asia-Pacific jurisdictions which have national data privacy laws: Hong Kong, the People’s Republic of China, Macau, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Australia and New Zealand. It shows the common features and differences in each jurisdiction’s approach.
  • Key Features of Personal Data Privacy Laws in Asia-Pacific - an overview of the state of personal data privacy law in 15 Asia-Pacific jurisdictions: Hong Kong, the People’s Republic of China, Macau, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Vietnam, the Philippines, Australia and New Zealand. It focuses on several key features of the laws, including whether the country has restrictions on the export of personal data, and whether the country mandates that data breaches be reported to the authorities or individuals. It also provides links to legislation and regulator websites.

 

Many Kennedys clients have operations across the region, and they may also use data processors in places like India, the Philippines and mainland China. As a result, they may well need to transfer customers’ or employees’ personal data between those countries. It is important to know which countries have personal data privacy laws – and which countries are proposing such laws in the near future.

Nicholas Blackmore, Special Counsel, Melbourne

Kennedys has considerable experience in advising a range of domestic and international clients on all aspects of data privacy law across Asia-Pacific, with on the ground data privacy specialists in Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland and associated offices in India, China and Pakistan.