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Improving Data Governance and Personal Data Protection
through ASEAN Digital Masterplan 2025

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Sri Handayani Nasution

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The ASEAN digital economy is the fastest growing globally—predicted to reach a value of USD 1 trillion by 2030. ASEAN Digital Masterplan 2025 pursues its vision of ASEAN as the leading digital community and digital economic bloc, powered by secure and transformative digital services, technologies, and ecosystems.

In this policy paper, CIPS sees governance gaps and a lack of personal data protection that will hinder the growth potential in the region. The gaps will attract corrosive investment that could hurt consumers.

We share two policy recommendations that the ASEAN Secretariat can make to fill the gaps that will improve the digital ecosystem in ASEAN countries.

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