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The APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) system was developed by participating APEC economies after seeking the views of industry and civil society, to build consumer, business and regulator trust in cross border flows of personal information. The APEC CBPR system requires participating businesses to develop and implement data privacy policies consistent with the APEC Privacy Framework. These policies and practices must be assessed as compliant with the minimum program requirements of the APEC CBPR system by an Accountability Agent (an independent APEC CBPR system recognised public or private sector entity) and be enforceable by law.


The APEC Electronic Commerce Steering Group (ECSG) promotes the development and use of electronic commerce. The ECSG also explores how economies may best develop legal, regulatory and policy environments that are predictable, transparent and optimised to enable economies across all levels of development to utilise information and communication technologies to drive economic growth and social development.