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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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Asian Data Privacy Laws—Trajectories, Lessons, and Optimism

Asian Data Privacy Laws—Trajectories, Lessons, and Optimism

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Asian Data Privacy Laws

Graham Greenleaf

Oxford University Press

This final chapter makes an assessment of what effect privacy laws in Asia have had, and what is the apparent trajectory of both privacy laws and their enforcement in Asia. It starts by considering the often-expressed scepticism about the value of data privacy laws, arguing that there is no alternative but to include law as an essential part of the solution to privacy problems. It argues for optimism concerning the trajectory of Asian data privacy laws, because they are, for the most part, only in their early stages of development, and are strengthening rapidly, both in terms of their principles and enforcement. The functions and trajectories of Asian data privacy laws are considered in relation to theories concerning data privacy laws generally. The evidence from Asia concerning the relationships between democracy and data privacy is considered. The conclusion is one of cautious optimism.

Keywords:   data protection, privacy, Asia, enforcement, transparency, responsive regulation

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