Tag Archives: APEC

ICO publishes International Strategy

The Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) has released its International Strategy 2017-2021  (“Strategy”). The Strategy supports its Information Rights Strategic Plan, which we reported on earlier this year. The first part of the Strategy refers to the challenges and priorities for the next five years, particularly in light of changes brought about by the General Data … Continue Reading

South Korea joins APEC’s Cross Border Privacy Rules system

This week, it was officially announced that South Korea has become the fifth country to join the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s (APEC) Cross Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) system. This system was developed by APEC in 2011 to “build consumer, business and regulator trust in cross border flows of personal information” and thus facilitate e-commerce among APEC … Continue Reading

APEC and Article 29 Working Party cooperation helps facilitate growth of BCRs and CBPRs

In late May, the Article 29 Working Party published the letter it sent to the APEC Data Protection subgroup. The letter follows previous discussions and extends cooperation between the two international organisations on data transfer mechanisms, and sets out new plans to align the EU Binding Corporate Rules (‘BCR’) with the APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules … Continue Reading

Canada accepted into APEC Privacy System

On 15 April 2015, Canada became the fourth country to join the APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules System, a voluntary consumer data privacy program, behind Japan (2014), Mexico (2013), and the United States (2012).  All 21 APEC countries were involved in the construction of this system, but membership is not guaranteed. Interested countries are required to … Continue Reading

Japanese data privacy developments – global transfers and privacy notices code

This post was also written by Taisuke Kimoto, Matthew N. Peters, and Yumiko Miyauchi. In recent weeks, Japanese data protection and privacy law has seen developments in two areas: (1) The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) issuing its first code of practice on privacy notices (2) The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) approving Japan’s participation in … Continue Reading

Article 29 Working Party and APEC authorities release “practical tool” to map the requirements of the BCR and CBPR regimes

At the beginning of March, representatives of the EU Article 29 Working Party and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (which includes, among others, the United States and the People’s Republic of China) announced the introduction of a new Referential on requirements for binding corporate rules (the Referential). Both the EU and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) regimes … Continue Reading

APEC’s Cross-Border Privacy Rules begin to gain momentum

This post was written by Cynthia O’Donoghue. In February 2013, Mexico became the second approved participant in the Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) programme – a system for convenient cross-border data transfers introduced in 2011 by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). At the same time, APEC and EU Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) plan to create a … Continue Reading

Asian Data Privacy Update

Asian countries continue to focus on developing their data protection legislation. The Philippines Congress recently finished its second reading of House Bill 1554 which will introduce a unified and special law relating to data protection and privacy. Singapore, which already has some sectoral laws and a voluntary data protection model code, is now calling for … Continue Reading
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