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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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Macau SAR—The ‘Euro Model’

Macau SAR—The ‘Euro Model’

(p.266) (p.267) 9 Macau SAR—The ‘Euro Model’
Asian Data Privacy Laws

Graham Greenleaf

Oxford University Press

Macau’s Personal Data Protection Act of 2005, the focus of this chapter, is one of the strongest data protection laws in Asia on paper, and is also being seriously but moderately enforced. The Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is one of the smallest but also one of the most economically successful regions of China. The Act is very similar to Portugal’s legislation in most respects, and is the most European-influenced data privacy law in Asia. Macau’s legislation has now been in force for the best part of decade, making it one of the older Acts in Asia. It has a separate data protection authority. Macau’s legislation adopts the higher standard of ‘European’ principles. It is exceptionally transparent, though not perfect, in its documentation of how enforcement of the legislation functions.

Keywords:   data protection, privacy, Asia, Macau, China, data protection authority

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