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Asia Pacific Dashboard Digest | US working on Asia-Pacific digital pact and other updates Related reading: Notes from the IAPP Editorial Director, September 24, 2021

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  • The Wall Street Journal reports the U.S. is in talks with Asia-Pacific allies on a digital services agreement that would potentially include rules on trade covering data flows, digital privacy and standards for the use of artificial intelligence. U.S. Trade Representative Spokesperson Adam Hodge said, "We see digital-trade rules, done right, as a potentially important tool to advance those goals."
  • The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Committee on Digital Economy Policy held a meeting last month to consider government access to personal data held by the public sector. Members from Australia, Canada, Japan, the U.K. and U.S. supported a set of principles giving "obliged access" for law enforcement to access data for investigations.
  • The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation released a report on increasing prevalence of global barriers to international data transfers. Measures to localize data have spiked since 2017, with the number of countries restricting cross-border data flows jumping from 35 to 62 and overall restrictions from 67 to 144. The ITIF listed China, Indonesia, Russia and South Africa as the countries most restrictive on data flows.
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