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Singapore, South Korea and APEC CBPR recognised by Dubai International Financial Centre as adequate for cross border data transfers

On 4 February 2022, the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Office of the Commissioner of Data Protection announced that it has issued an adequacy decision simultaneously recognising Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA), Republic of Korea’s Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA), and the APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) as providing adequate protection for transfers of personal data from the DIFC.

For a full list of data protection jurisdictions and regimes assessed to be adequate by the DIFC, as well as the criteria applied in making such assessment, see

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This first step in the region towards a cross border relationship of trust with Singapore and South Korea, and permitting transfers using the CBPRs, creates fluid, efficient and ethical data sharing environment between Asia and the Middle East.


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