$1M to Build Asian Privacy Watchdog
DATA PROTECTION—ASIAMarch 23, 2010
The Canadian International Development Research Centre has awarded a $1 million contract to civil rights group Privacy International for the establishment of an Asian privacy monitoring and awareness regime, reports ComputerWeekly. The effort will monitor threats to citizen privacy and raise awareness about the need for privacy in the digital world, the report states. Asian countries to be involved include Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines and Thailand. A 2009 Privacy International report on the region found "a mounting level of concern about telemarketing, the abuse of databases and financial information, identity fraud and other privacy-related issues."