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Asia Pacific Dashboard Digest | Legislative privacy updates from Australia, China Related reading: EU seeks global recognition of digital regulations

  • The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner recommends including additional privacy protections for individuals within the Data Availability and Transparency Bill, which will allow sharing of data held by the government, ZDNet reports. “Proposals to share data containing personal information will necessarily carry certain privacy risks, including the loss of control by individuals and the potential for mishandling of personal information,” the OAIC said in a statement.
  • The South China Morning Post reports the Chinese government published new standards for the collection of personal data, specifically defining "necessary" data collection. The definition varies based on the application and its service, but the regulation, which takes effect 1 May, curbs app providers from collecting a broad range of data under a bundled consent model.

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