With data centralization laws becoming more prevalent worldwide, cross-border sensitivity is more critical than ever. Global data-localization measures more than doubled between 2017 and 2021. Five years ago, 35 countries implemented 67 data localization measures. Now, 144 restrictions exist across 62 countries, with more on the horizon.
The European Centre for International Political Economy published a Digital Trade Restrictiveness Index (DTRI), which illustrates data localization policies’ impact on every sector. Clear patterns emerge, highlighting strict data privacy laws across Asia. In this increasingly prohibitive environment, it’s more important than ever to have an eDiscovery partner well versed in international data transfer.
In 1996, Taiwan adopted the Personal Data Protection Act or PDPA and the Enforcement Rules of the Personal Data Protection Act. The government of Taiwan made extensive amendments to these policies in 2010, 2012, and 2015. These policy amendments hoped to adhere to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, and the country maintains an open dialogue with e EU to that end.
These policies strictly regulate the collection, use, and transfer of personal data in and out of Taiwan. In December 2018, the government of Taiwan agreed to the Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). This made the country the seventh member of the CBPR. The personal data privacy laws adopted in Taiwan are recognized by APEC.
Adherence to these complex policies requires experience and expertise. To effectively enter into a data-rich relationship in Taiwan, you need a strategic partner who understands the nuance and intricacies of these data security policies.
For more than four years, Sandline’s fully-operational Taiwan location has been serving our clients around the globe. Not only does our Taiwan office facilitate deep relationships within the Taiwanese legal community, but it facilitates our culture of 24-hour accessibility. This critical location enhances our follow the sun approach to service and support.
Beyond data collection efforts, this office provides local project management support and Chinese language translations. Proximity to additional Asian markets expands our reach. Additionally, our Taiwan office allows us to expand our forensics practice with clients across multiple Asian markets.
Data protection policies across Asia are rich and fascinating. Over the coming weeks, Sandline will publish an unprecedented series on data privacy in Taiwan. You’ll gain access to expert interviews, insight, and perspectives previously kept behind paywalls.
This series is your chance to take a deep dive into the intricacies of data collection, management, storage, usage, and transfer in a country with a rapidly evolving legal system. Don’t miss an installment of this captivating series!