Recently United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) published a report on privacy and personal data protection law, trans-border data flow and their implications on international trade and development. The in-depth and substantive report also places a focus on developing nations.
This study is a timely contribution to our understanding of how data protection regulations and international data fl ows affect international trade. It reviews the experience in different parts of the world and of different stakeholders. The study identifi es key concerns that data protection and privacy legislation need to address. It also examines the present patchwork of global, regional and national frameworks to seek common ground and identify areas where different approaches tend to diverge. The last part of the study considers possible future policy options, taking the concerns of all stakeholders into account.