Thursday, January 14, 2016
Taiwan Amends its Data Protection Law
On December 30, the Taiwanese government announced that amendments to the country's Personal Information Protection Act would come into effect before the end of March 2016. Several provisions of the 2010 Act had been sidelined because of their draconian nature, such as prohibitions against processing of medical information even with the consent of data subjects and a requirement to inform data subjects that their personal data has been collected within 12 months of full implementation of the law. These obstacles, found in Articles 6 and 54, have now been overcome through the revised amendments. The text of the new amendments is currently available only in Chinese.