Data Localization and ASEAN Economic Community

10 Asian Journal of International Law 158, January 2020 , pp. 158-180

24 Pages Posted: 10 Mar 2020

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Benjamin Wong

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2020

Abstract

Data localization is a phenomenon that is of increasing global significance, as a growing number of countries impose data localization requirements on data controllers. This paper discusses data localization in the ASEAN context. It proposes a schema of data localization laws which comprises two categories of data localization requirements. This schema is used to examine data localization laws within ASEAN, and it will be shown that there is presently a moderate level of data localization among ASEAN Member States. The paper then discusses how data localization is dealt with in the EU and in ASEAN, addressing some recent developments in the two regimes. It concludes with recommendations for ASEAN's approach to data localization, drawing from the EU regime.

Keywords: Data Localization, ASEAN, European Union, International Trade, Globalization

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

Wong, Benjamin, Data Localization and ASEAN Economic Community (2020). 10 Asian Journal of International Law 158, January 2020 , pp. 158-180, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3538943

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