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October 11 2016

APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules Advancing in Asia

Privacy-focused events in China, South Korea and Singapore have highlighted the growing momentum of APEC 's Cross Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) system in the region. Recently, China 's Ministry of Commerce, Foreign Ministry, General Administration of Customs and the China International Electronic Commerce Centre (CIECC) hosted the 6th APEC E-Commerce Business Alliance (ECBA) Forum and the Korea Internet and Security Agency (KISA) hosted the 5th International Conference on Information Security in Seoul, South Korea. The increased focus on CBPRs in Asia comes as Japan recently put forward JIPDEC as the country 's first 'Accountability Agent ' under the CBPR system. Japan 's Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry has confirmed that CBPR-certification will serve as a basis for transfer of personal data out of Japan under the implementing guidelines for Japan 's recently-reformed privacy law. TRUSTe has been an APEC-endorsed Accountability Agent since 2013.