The Science and Technology Law Institute of the Institute for Information Industry(“ STLI”) partners with Taiwan’s Ministry of Justice to promote the “Judicial Alliance Chain”, assisting companies in constructing an internal data governance environment, while enhancing data’s weight of evidence
Photo Caption: To ensure digital evidence passes the same evidence test and to improve the security and convenience of digital documents, the Science and Technology Law Institute of the Institute for Information Industry (STLI) partners with Taiwan’s Ministry of Justice (MOJ) to establish the "Judicial Alliance Chain". STLI Director-General Wei-Lin Wang (right 2) and MOJ Department of Prosecutorial Affairs Director Chin-Chun Lin (left 4) signed a cooperation agreement on March 21 as representatives, with MOJ Minister Ching-Hsiang Tsai (left 5) and the Institute for Information Industry President Dr. CH Cho (right 4) as witnesses.
The number of trade secrets held by enterprises has increased over the years. According to a survey conducted by STLI, 70% of listed and OTC companies holding trade secrets worry about the process of using data and expect the government to provide data verification services.
In order to help enterprises build a data governance environment from the "inside", and to extend it “outwards” to strengthen the level of data verification and management, STLI and Taiwan’s Ministry of Justice signed a cooperation agreement on March 21 to jointly plan and promote the "Judicial Alliance Chain". This "Judicial Alliance Chain" uses the inherited characteristics of the blockchain, such as decentralization and tamper-proof, as the basic environment and connects five judicial units of the government— the Judicial Yuan, the Ministry of Justice, the High Prosecutors Office, the Investigation Bureau of the Ministry of Justice, and the National Police Agency of the Ministry of the Interior. Through this project, the government aims to ensure digital evidence passes the same evidence test and to improve the security and convenience of digital documents.
Since 2013, STLI has been investigating the situation and demand trends of data management among domestic listed and OTC companies. Research has shown that the proportion of companies holding trade secrets has gradually increased since 2013. Further investigation in 2021 revealed that up to 70% of listed and OTC companies that claim to hold trade secrets anticipated government agencies to provide data verification services to speed up court trials and reduce the cost of proof. In addition, around 60% were concerned about their inability to track how supply chain partners use their trade secrets data, while approximately 54% worried about their ability to prove data ownership in case of a data leak. Finally, about 36% of enterprises express uneasiness regarding their inability to identify the source of specific data after integrating customer data into their data. These results indicate that enterprises in Taiwan not only need to enhance their internal data governance but also desire to strengthen external data verification and management.
Hence, STLI leverages its own experience in promoting data governance and management-related norms in assisting Taiwan’s Ministry of Justice to develop the infrastructure, application process, and data credibility standards for the "Judicial Alliance Chain". It will also provide mechanisms such as training, qualification certification, training promotion, etc. By connecting the "internal" enterprise with the "external" judicial branch, this project can ensure the "inside-out" consistency of enterprise data governance and management, which could in turn promote digital transformation and innovation in enterprises.
STLI has assisted more than 2,000 domestic companies in various fields such as semiconductors, biomedicine, finance, transportation, agriculture, and cultural and creative industries in establishing relevant norms or standards for data governance and management. STLI will continue to learn from the measures and service models from countries such as Europe, the United States, Japan, South Korea, China, and Singapore to assist governments, enterprises, and academic and research institutions in strengthening the implementation of internal control, internal audit or supervision. In doing so, STLI aims to reduce the risk of data breaches, tampering, invalidation, etc. for organizations, while building up more trust and opportunities for cross-organizational collaboration.
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