Graham Greenleaf (AUSTLII) Pens “A brief history of Data Privacy Law in Asia” For OUP Law Blog

Here it is ….


The OECD’s Guidelines on the Protection of Privacy and Transborder Flows of Personal Data (1980) were an early influence on the development of data privacy laws in Asia. Other bodies have since also been influential in the formulation of data privacy laws across Asia, including the 1981 Council of Europe Data Protection Convention, the United Nations Guidelines for the Regulation of Computer Data Files, the European Union’s Data Protection Directive, and the APEC Privacy Guidelines.

This timeline below shows the development of data privacy laws across numerous different Asian territories over the past 35 years. In each case it maps the year a data privacy law or equivalent was created, as well as providing some further information about each. It also maps the major guidelines and pieces of legislation from various global bodies, including those mentioned above.

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Graham Greenleaf is a Professor of Law at the University of New South Wales, Australia, where he specialises in the relationships between information technology and law. He is a co-founder and Co-Director of the free-access Internet law service, the Australasian Legal Information Institute. He is the author of Asian Data Privacy Laws: Trade & Human Rights Perspectives

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