Singapore and China have no security restrictions, according to a newly released report by Forrester.

However, regulations governing privacy and data protection vary greatly from one country to another, posing difficulties for global business.

Asian countries including India, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan and Thailand have minimal privacy and data restrictions.

Government of Hong Kong and Australia has posed some restrictions in this area but lag behind South Korea.

Several business and law enforcement contexts require the collection and use of personal information and data, and Forrester advises organizations to carefully govern the handling of such data to protect individuals' privacy rights.

Most restricted countries

Argentina, Belgium, Cyprus, Greece and Israel are amongst nations that face most privacy and data restrictions.

There are few nations that stipulate the conditions under which organizations can collect personal data.

Although security and risk professionals in these nations are not solely responsible for data privacy, they should work with their general counsel and chief privacy officers to understand data privacy requirements.

These professionals should also implement necessary processes and controls to protect personal data accordingly.

The report identifies that government surveillance may directly impact privacy in China, Taiwan, Thailand, and Singapore. These nations may follow many non-EU countries such as South Africa and Malaysia that have passed more stringent data privacy frameworks.