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US-China tensions

US moves to shut China out of shaping APEC data protections

Washington presses to keep Beijing from amassing personal information

Personal data, like names and shopping histories, has become another flashpoint in U.S.-China tensions.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The U.S. has proposed separating a key international framework for data protection from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in its growing rift with China on technology.

APEC's Cross-Border Privacy Rules system is a certification that companies can join to prove they meet internationally recognized data protections, allowing them to transfer such personal information as names and payment histories across borders without the onerous requirements that normally apply.

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