New Report on Limits of “Consent” in China’s Data Protection Law – First in a Series for Joint Project with Asian Business Law Institute

The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and Asian Business Law Institute (ABLI) are publishing today the first in a series of 14 detailed jurisdiction reports that will explore the role and limits of consent in the data protection laws and regulations of 14 jurisdictions in Asia Pacific (Australia, China, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Japan, Macau SAR, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam), as part of FPF and ABLI’s ongoing joint research project: “From Consent-Centric Data Protection Frameworks to Responsible Data Practices and Privacy Accountability in Asia Pacific.” 

The first report focuses on the status of “consent” and alternatives to consent as lawful bases for processing personal data in the People’s Republic of China. Over the coming weeks, FPF and ABLI will continue publishing these reports, which will inform a forthcoming comparative review paper with detailed recommendations to promote legal convergence around requirements for processing personal data in the Asia Pacific region. 

Background on the ABLI/FPF Project

In August 2021, ABLI and FPF concluded a cooperation agreement to understand, analyze, and support the convergence of data protection regulations and best data protection practices in the Asia Pacific region through joint research, publications, and events. This collaboration builds on the substantial work done by ABLI and FPF on data protection and privacy laws and frameworks in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. 

The starting point for FPF’s collaboration with ABLI is the understanding that as personal data protection frameworks in Asia are at a critical stage

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