A report for The Diplomat analyzes how the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will affect trans-border data flows in the Asia-Pacific region. “By taking a look at relevant chapters within the TPP—including e-commerce, financial services, intellectual property and telecommunications—a broader picture about the potential future of cross-border data flows materializes,” the report states. Of note, the TPP includes provisions for privacy and limitations on data localization. “However,” the report adds, “despite these positives, the TPP does leave some wiggle room for countries to skirt their responsibilities and implement policies that might block the free flow of data across borders.”
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