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Developments in Asia-Pacific privacy laws in 2007 - January 2008

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This article provides a summary of the key privacy law developments in the Asia-Pacific region in 2007. As sharing of personal details online becomes more frequent, and the accessibility of such information is enhanced by rapidly improving technologies, the privacy risks that threaten a world citizen are greater than ever before. In the Asia-Pacific region there has been significant growth in Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), which demands countries develop coherent information protection laws. A number of countries in the region are making progress towards new privacy legislation. At the same time other countries in the region with existing privacy laws are looking to amend and reform laws so that they align with current technologies, community views and international standards. One new issue that is emerging is the consideration of data breach notification rules by Asia-Pacific countries - and this is likely to be a major talking point in the region over the next few years.

The article was published in Volume 4, Nos 6 and 7 of the Privacy Law Bulletin (December 2007).

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