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Asia Pacific Dashboard Digest | The latest COVID-19 privacy developments from the Asia-Pacific region Related reading: Best practices for data retention in a distributed system

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, here are the latest stories on how the outbreak has affected privacy in the Asia-Pacific region:

  • Speaking to 2,000 Filipino privacy professionals and advocates during the National Data Privacy Conference, National Privacy Commissioner Raymund Enriquez Liboro called for better defenses of sensitive personal data during the pandemic, The Manila Times reports.
  • The Economic Times reports India launched 40 contact tracing apps, many of which privacy researchers consider to have "ineffective, weak and confusing" privacy policies.
  • The Data Protection Excellence Centre released a study showing Singapore's TraceTogether contact tracing app is best at assuring privacy to users compared to other apps in Southeast Asia, Computer Weekly reports.
  • The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society announced the launch of the Thai Win tracing app. (Original post is in Thai.)
  • The South China Morning Post reports on how Chinese contact tracing efforts and their privacy concerns compared to western nations.
  • Newsweek reports countries may consider keeping contact tracing apps beyond COVID-19, while China has reportedly settled on doing so.
  • In an op-ed for Fast Company, BigID Vice President of Privacy and Policy Heather Federman, CIPP/US, discusses the need for strong safeguards for personal data being used for contact tracing.

Editor's note: The IAPP Resource Center compiled global privacy updates on its COVID-19 Guidance and Resources page.

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