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Asean tackles requirements in use of personal data

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(From L to R) Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Brunei Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith pose for photos at the opening ceremony of the 35th summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the related summits in Bangkok, Thailand, Nov. 3, 2019. The 35th ASEAN Summit and related summits kicked off here on Sunday with multilateralism and connectivity taking the center stage. (Xinhua/Zhu Wei)

Cambodia along with the nine other Asean member countries has adopted the “Regulatory Pilot Space” (RPS) to address varying requirements around the use of personal data.

The RPS serves to ensure a common set of data privacy principles can be applied to technological services and applications that require the transfer of personal data across two or more Asean countries.

This will give businesses the certainty that their handling of data across borders is secure and compliant with the Asean Framework on Personal Data Protection.

The Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA) has also called for businesses to come forward with details of services and applications that require the transfer of personal data across two or more Asean countries so that they may be listed under the RPS category.

RPS is considered to be similar to a “regulatory sandbox”, providing a safe test environment in which businesses can assess services without harming consumers’ data privacy or facing regulatory sanctions.

The association believes that this is a necessary pre-condition for innovative projects to become a reality, from the Internet of Things (IoT) tracking of services across borders and the development of cross-border loyalty programmes to applications in the Cloud and 5G.

“Through promoting cross-border data flows, the APAC region is set to accelerate economic activity and drive the development of new technologies, platforms, services and infrastructure. This is the culmination of two years of successful collaboration at the Asean level, supported by the GSMA,” said Emanuela Lecchi, head of public policy for Asia-Pacific at GSMA.

The RPS also forms part of recent developments towards an Asean Cross-Border Data Flow Mechanism that was given the go-ahead at the 19th Asean Telecommunications and Information Technology Ministers (TELMIN) Meeting, held in Vientiane, Laos, last month.

Furthermore, the initiatives are designed to tackle national differences by ensuring that the common set of data privacy principles that underpin the Asean Framework on Digital Data Governance can be applied to individual projects.

This will allow Asean member states to evaluate different ways to address security concerns without delaying the deployment of important projects. Businesses will also be presented with the option to modify their solutions before bringing them to the market if they are deemed unacceptable by a regulator.

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