• Straits Interactive

5 Data Protection Trends for 2021

Updated: Mar 28, 2021

Based on Manila Bulletin's interview with Kevin Shepherdson - Fellow of Information Privacy, CIPM, CIPP/A, CIPP/E, CIPT, Exin (GDPR, Infosec), GRCP

How has 2020 changed the data protection landscape in ASEAN countries?

We cannot ignore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has impacted the data protection landscape significantly just like any other industries - companies have rushed to digitalise their businesses to put in place work-from-home (WFH) or remote work measures without necessarily ensuring proper security measures.

In fact, the pandemic of 2020 turbo charged the digital transformation of many organisations. Companies that have been waiting on the sidelines were given little choice but to adapt to the wave of change in delivering products and services. The digital transformation comes with digital risks and vulnerabilities - both from a security and a privacy perspective. Organisations need to ensure to implement data protection measures to address the digital risks.

What kind of data protection and privacy challenges and trends can we expect to face in 2021?

Through our research and study, we see the following five challenges and trends for 2021 in ASEAN.

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