Few areas of regulation are advancing as quickly in Asia as data privacy regulation. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the APEC Privacy Framework and we now see "European style" comprehensive data privacy regimes in a dozen jurisdictions across the Asia-Pacific region.
The compliance challenge for Asia is complicated by a patchwork of differing regimes, each grounded in differing policy rationales and points of focus. The playing field is not just uneven, but also constantly shifting. Data security breaches feature in Asian news headlines as they do across the globe and this supports the "event driven" nature of legislative change.
Rapid advances in the technology deployed by businesses enhances opportunities but also raises risks. The use of mobile technologies, for example, creates new avenues for reaching consumers, but at the same time places businesses in the cross-hairs of ever increasing regulatory scrutiny. Consolidating databases and enabling remote access to data can bolster productivity, but at the same time create frictions with Asia's increasing tendency towards cross-border transfer restrictions.
Our talk will take stock of where we have come to in terms of data privacy regulation across the region, and help chart a roadmap to compliance. The focus will be on identifying "hot spots" for businesses operating across the region and pointing to practical measures and points of prioritisation. We will also discuss steps to be taken to prepare for and react to breach events, with a seasoned view of regulatory attitudes and approaches to enforcement and remediation.