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Alibaba Cloud attains three IMDA data protection certifications

Alibaba Cloud, the digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, has attained three key data protection certifications issued by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) of Singapore. The three certifications are the Data Protection Trustmark Certification (DPTM), the APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) System, and Privacy Recognition for Processors (PRP) System. 

These data protection and privacy standards are key in regulating secure movement of information across borders, vital to operations of multinational corporations based in Singapore. Coupled with its existing compliance with Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) requirements, Alibaba Cloud aims to support companies and digital solution providers to reduce operation costs and increase peace of mind when managing business and personal data. 

Derek Wang, General Manager, Singapore, Alibaba Cloud Intelligence, commented: “The digital reality we live, work and play in today requires a common set of standards to govern, account for and manage data.

“As part of our mission to make it easy to do business anywhere, we can help our customers and their customers achieve greater peace of mind by aligning and certifying our practices and processes to industry standards. This allows them to focus on supporting customers and growing the business further.” 

The CBPR and PRP systems provide a harmonised set of data protection standards consistent with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Privacy Framework. The systems bridge data protection laws in the different jurisdictions around the APEC countries of Australia, Chinese Taipei, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, the Philippines, Singapore and the US with data management practices. 

 Yeong Zee Kin, Assistant Chief Executive, Data Innovation and Protection, IMDA, concluded: “Data flows are crucial for global trade. The present pandemic has accelerated digitalisation across the region. Businesses with good data protection systems are well placed to seize regional opportunities.”

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