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Aussie Move to Join Asia-Pacific Privacy Plan Gets Mixed Reviews

Dec. 1, 2017, 9:14 PM

Australia’s move to seek inclusion in an Asia-Pacific cross-border data transfer system is getting mixed reviews from privacy professionals interviewed by Bloomberg Law.

Some Australian privacy pros said membership in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) system won’t change anything for companies. But others say participation in the program, which already counts Japan and the U.S. as members, would help companies by boosting regional trade.

Joining the CBPR system will allow commercial entities a welcome opportunity to demonstrate their privacy commitments, Australian Information and Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim told Bloomberg Law Nov. 30.

Australia’s attorney general Nov. ...

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