The unprecedented challenges of the COVID 19 pandemic are still with us, not only in terms of the grim toll the virus has taken on individuals and families, but also in terms of wider implications for how people and societies live and interact.
Data protection regulation emerged as a key regulatory pressure point during the pandemic in respect of a host of issues, from the collection of medical, biometric and contact tracing data, through to data protection and cybersecurity aspects of remote working as workers increasingly stayed home.
The data protection landscape in the Asia Pacific region (“APAC”) was already undergoing significant transformation in the run up to the pandemic. Speaking in very general terms, the movement has been towards closer alignment with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). The move towards this international “gold standard” has been seen as timely, as APAC economies continue to grow and become more digital. That said, the evolution of each national law in APAC necessarily reflects the specific policy aims of the lawmakers taking legislative reforms forward, with an eye to matters such as economic development goals, national security and a host of other issues unique to the jurisdiction.
What do you need to be doing to prepare your organization for the future? Our Asia Pacific Data Protection and Cyber Security Guide 2021 will take you through the developments and key initiatives of APAC countries and discuss the implications of an ever-shifting landscape.
Our Guide will discuss:
- The impact of COVID 19 on data protection and cybersecurity in APAC
- Key legislative and regulatory developments: 2020 in review and looking ahead to 2021
- APAC data protection regulatory heat map
- Individual country data protection developments
Please click to download the full version of the Asia Pacific Data Protection and Cyber Security Guide 2021 and the Snapshot of our APAC data protection and cybersecurity practice.
2021 marks the 7th year for this annual data privacy and cyber security guide. In past years, we have hosted a launch of our Guide in a lunch session in our Hong Kong office. Given the ongoing need for social distancing, we will be again arranging for an online presentation of the Guide this year. We will provide details of the webinar shortly.
Authored by Mark Parsons, Tommy Liu, and Anthony Liu.