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Asian Governments Crack Down On Using Personal Data
Avick – July 15, 2014 by Lawrence J. Shoobs
In Hong Kong, almost everyone uses what is called the Octopus Card. They use it for everything from public transportation to fast food. In 2010, it was revealed that the company was making millions of dollars selling cardholders’ personal data, without their permission.
There was a huge outcry and Hong Kong went from having relaxed data protection laws to strict ones. Marketers now need a clear consent from the consumers to send material to them. And marketers who use the data improperly face three years in prison and a $65,000 fine.
This is a trend across the region, as countries with relaxed data regulations tighten their laws, often suddenly. This is creating havoc for marketers who are trying to keep up with these rapidly changing laws. The Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia are preparing new data-protection laws that provide for both fines and prison time. China and Singapore are in flux, too.
Scott Thiel, co-chair of the DLA Piper law firm’s data-privacy group in Asia, said there’s a “real risk for businesses looking to acquire databases of potential customers. At issue is whether that data was acquired with appropriate consent. What we’re seeing is the need for not just relying on someone saying, ‘Yes I did get consent,’ or even a contract that says, ‘I got consent,’ but actually being involved, saying ‘Show me the process. How did you gather this information? I’d like to see an audit trail.”
Singapore has a new law going into effect in July. It has the toughest financial penalties in Asia, with fines up to $800,000.
In the Philippines, where regulations are designed to assure marketers that its call centers will handle data safely, a foreigner convicted of breaking the law might face prison time, then expulsion.
Laws in China are piece-meal, and the guidelines are vague and rarely enforced. However new rules raise the possibility that Western businesses operating in China might see their business licenses canceled as a penalty.
These new privacy laws come on the heels of very restrictive laws in Canada. And in the United States, Senator Jay Rockefeller, chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, expanded his investigations of the data broker industry.
The appropriate use of data is critical to everyone in our industry. At Avrick Direct, we’re well aware of the importance of these regulations. With over 58 years of business experience, we’ve seen lots of changes. Find out more about the unique data that Avrick compiles every day, week or month. We ship literally billions of records each year.
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