Title: Privacy laws in East Asia: the role of the private sector

Authors: Knut Fournier

Addresses: Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, 200 Avenue de la République, Nanterre, France; Universiteit Leiden, Rapenburg 70, 2311 EZ Leiden, Netherlands

Abstract: East Asia, a very diverse region, presents a variety of data protection systems, and very different levels of privacy protection. In each country, the role of the private sector in the data protection system varies so extensively, that it reveals the specificity of the region, and allows for a proposal that would result in more protection of privacy in the region. This article surveys the different data protection systems in place, and offers to foster their development by presenting the pro-business aspects of the data protection laws.

Keywords: privacy laws; East Asia; private sector; data protection; data integrity; personal information; legislation; human rights; South Korea; Taiwan; Hong Kong; Macao; Japan; China; PRC; internet; telecommunications.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHRCS.2014.060459

International Journal of Human Rights and Constitutional Studies, 2014 Vol.2 No.1, pp.10 - 18

Received: 03 Feb 2013
Accepted: 21 Feb 2013

Published online: 16 Apr 2014 *

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