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Taiwan joins international personal data protection framework

The National Development Council’s application for admission into the Global Cooperation Arrangement for Privacy Enforcement has been approved, highlighting the government’s commitment to protecting the personal data of people in Taiwan.

The NDC filed the application on Taiwan’s behalf after coordinating 16 domestic privacy enforcement authorities, among them the Ministries of Economic Affairs, Education, Foreign Affairs and Justice. The Cabinet-level council expressed eagerness to collaborate with fellow Global CAPE members to promote transnational enforcement of data protection and privacy laws.

According to the NDC, as a founding member of the Global Cross-Border Privacy Rules Forum, Taiwan has always been devoted to facilitating the flow of trusted data and reducing unnecessary barriers for digital trade. As the trend toward global digitalization grows, the demand for cross-border data transmission has increased and the encroachment on personal data often involves overseas factors, the council said, adding that multinational cooperation is required to effectively combat illegal activities.

To that end, CBPRF launched the Global CAPE in October 2023, inviting the participation of privacy enforcement authorities from non-member nations to stimulate joint efforts among different jurisdictions, the council added. In addition to Taiwan, other participants in the organization include Canada, Korea, Mexico, the Philippines, the United States and the United Kingdom.

The NDC said it hoped that in the future, Taiwan’s privacy enforcement authorities could work with global counterparts in the cross-border enforcement of laws regulating protection of privacy, data sharing and professional exchange to advance the country’s development of digital trade. (POC-E)

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