Notes from the Asia-Pacific region, 29 Oct. 2021

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I hope you are all enjoying autumn (and spring for folks in the southern hemisphere) and warm greetings from Beijing, China!

Data privacy and data protection in Asia Pacific? You never get bored.

1 Nov. will witness the long-awaited China’s Personal Information Protection Law going into effect, which has been extremely topical among businesses, academics, privacy professionals as well as government agencies in the past months. Since the promulgation of the PIPL on 20 Aug., business entities, large and small, have been busy bringing their privacy documentation and mechanisms up to the level required under the new personal data law.

“Important data� is a legal concept under the China Cybersecurity Law and the China Data Security Law, but the lack of definition has presented difficulty for businesses to assess whether the data they collect would fall within the scope of “important data.� China’s National Information Security Standardization Technical Committee, the drafters of China TC260 standards, issued the Information Security Technology — Identification Guide of

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