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The APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) System was developed by APEC economies with input and assistance from 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 implement data privacy policies consistent with the APEC Privacy Framework. These policies and practices must be assessed as compliant with the 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 electronic commerce and the digital economy throughout the APEC region. 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 the digital economy to drive economic growth and social development.

For more information on the readiness of APEC Economies to participate in the CBPR System, included stated intentions to participate by Economies, APEC has commissioned a January 2017 Survey on Readiness found here.

For more information on APEC's efforts to expand micro, small and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) participation in the APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) System, review the December 2017 report on Making the APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules Scalable.