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DPEX identifies Seven Data Protection Trends in ASEAN for 2020

By Henry J. Schumacher, President of the European Innovation, Technology and Science Center Foundation (EITSC)



The Data Protection Excellence (DPEX) Centre, the learning and research arm of Straits Interactive, of which EITSC is a partner, identified seven data protection trends for organizations in ASEAN to look out for in 2020. The trends were compiled from observations, interviews and research done by the Centre's certified information privacy experts as well as its advisors from the DPEX Network in the region. 


Kevin Shepherdson, Chief Executive Officer, Straits Interactive and Head, DPEX Centre, said: "Besides the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that is continuing to change the privacy landscape in the European Union, ASEAN is fast becoming one of the hottest regions for data protection as local laws are either being newly introduced such as in Indonesia and Thailand or enforced such as in Singapore and the Philippines.” 


These developments, followed by a spate of highly publicized data and privacy breaches, will prompt many organizations to take data protection laws seriously and consider putting in resources to demonstrate accountability. 


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