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Data Protection Act's "Consent" Requirement Criticized

PRIVACY LAW—TAIWAN

April 22, 2010

Some media associations are speaking out against a draft personal data protection act, saying it would jeopardize freedom of the press, the Taipai Times reports. The act, which passed a second reading at the Legislative Yuan on Tuesday, would require reporters to gain a person's approval before they could publish a story on that person. A spokeswoman for the self-disciplinary committee at the Satellite Television Broadcasting Association said the act signals a "backtracking democracy." Meanwhile, the National Communications Commission said yesterday it would discuss the serious consequences of a third passage of the draft act, the report states.

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