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Taiwan admitted into APEC privacy system

2018/12/10 19:52:45

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Taipei, Dec. 10 (CNA) Taiwan has been admitted into the Cross Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) system under the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, the National Development Council (NDC) said Monday.

The NDC made the announcement after receiving notification from the APEC secretariat, pointing out that it is expected to help Taiwanese companies explore more business opportunities overseas.

Taiwan's entry into the CBPR system will help enhance the country's image in cross-border personal data protection and help local businesses forge cooperation opportunities with foreign companies, the NDC said.

The aim of the CBPR system, led by the United States, represents a push by APEC members to facilitate the transmission and flow of privacy-respecting data among APEC member states, the NDC said.

The system was developed by APEC economies with input and assistance from industry and civil society to build consumer, business and regulator trust in the cross-border flow of personal information, according to the CBPR website.

After joining the CBPR system, the NDC said, Taiwan's small and medium-sized businesses and organizations will be able to get its help to build their own personal data protection systems consistent with the APEC Privacy Framework, which will provide them with access to data transmissions in other international groups, such as the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation that was implemented May 25 this year.

As Taiwan does not have an exclusive agency in charge of the matter, NDC chief Chen Mei-ling (陳美伶) submitted a membership application and the required documents worked out jointly by relevant government agencies at an APEC senior officials' meeting in March.

APEC ratified Taiwan's application Nov. 23, making the country a member of its CBPR system after the U.S., Mexico, Japan, Canada, South Korea and Singapore, the NDC noted.

(By Pan Chi-yu and Flor Wang)