ASEAN Model Clauses primarily designed for data transfers of data between ten ASEAN member states
On 22 January 2021, the Digital Senior Officials’ meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) approved model contractual clauses for cross-border data flows (ASEAN Model Clauses) and related guidance on their implementation.
The ASEAN Model Clauses include two sets of contractual terms to cover controller-processor and controller-to-controller situations.The ASEAN Model Clauses are primarily designed for transfer of data between entities located in ten ASEAN member states (including Indonesia, Singapore, Cambodia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam), but may also be adapted for use for data transfers within the same country, or to other countries with similar data protection principles. The use of the ASEAN Model Clauses is voluntary.
Data Management Framework
The ASEAN Digital Senior Officials’ Meeting has also approved a data management framework (the DMF) aimed to assist businesses in the region to comply with transparency and accountability obligations. The DMF provides non-binding guidance for private commercial organisations on best practices in the area of data governance, addressing both personal data and any other data generated by business.