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Graham Greenleaf

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199679669

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199679669.001.0001

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Data Privacy Laws in Asia—Context and History

Data Privacy Laws in Asia—Context and History

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Asian Data Privacy Laws

Graham Greenleaf

Oxford University Press

This chapter situates the development of data privacy laws in Asia in the global history of this form of regulation. It explains what ‘data privacy laws’ are, their global expansion since the 1970s to over 100 countries, and how they differ from other forms of protection of privacy. It explains the focus on ‘Asia’, seen as the three sub-regions of Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia (ASEAN), and South Asia (SAARC). It outlines the 25-year history of data privacy laws in Asia, and asks whether they are ‘legal transplants’. The ‘bottom up’ approach that must be taken in Asia is compared with the ‘top down’ approach which is appropriate in the European Union, and the resulting structure of the book and each chapter is explained. The chapter concludes by discussing the values and interests involved in data protection in Asia, particularly given that Asia is only ‘half-democratic’.

Keywords:   data protection, privacy, Asia, democracy, human rights, trade

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