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Hello from Hong Kong!

As the dust still continues to settle in the region following the flurry of activity around the impact of the EU General Data Protection in Asia for both corporations and regulators, a couple of topics remain hot on the Asian agenda: data breach and data ethics.

Data breaches continue to be reported in Australia under the almost-four-month-old mandatory breach notification regime. In one of the most recent breaches, PageUp, an Australian HR software-as-a-service provider, released details of a possible data breach that may affect the employees and job applicants of its customers. A number of significant Australian organizations has shut down their careers portals as a precaution.

In an interesting development in Singapore, it was announced this week that a council will be convened to advise the government on the ethical use of artificial intelligence and data. This is one of a number of initiatives to shape the AI industry in Singapore, which has been at the forefront of the development of laws on cybersecurity and technology development in the region. This has come in addition to the discussion paper that is being put forward by the Personal Data Protection Commission in Singapore to provide a possible reference framework for AI and data governance.

Much to consider!

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