Data localization has been a matter of widespread concern in recent weeks. In an article published in the International Association of Privacy Professionals’ Privacy Perspectives, Hunton & Williams partner Manuel Maisog explains why lessons from China’s past show that its future should have little room for data localization. Maisog states that “[w]hile data localization has most recently and dramatically come to prominence in the form of Russian data localization legislation,” it currently “is a global issue.” He continues to say that “the Internet has linked the world’s information platforms so seamlessly that the effects of a successful data localization effort in any one major country or economy would make itself felt globally and immediately.”

As we previously mentioned, the American Chamber of Commerce in China published a report, entitled Protecting Data Flows in the US-China Bilateral Treaty (the “Report”), which is intended to inform the continuing negotiation of the U.S.-China Bilateral Investment Treaty and contains information that also would be useful to a wider audience.