21 Dec Japan, US, EU Establish New Data Transfer Standards
Japan is set to create common standards on privacy protections which will be applied to the free flow of personal data with the US and European Union.
Set to be worked out next year, the new standards will also restrict the flow of personal data to countries that lack proper privacy protection regimes such as China.
The plan will be discussed at Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s IT strategy headquarters, with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in January initiating discussions with the European Commission, the U.S. Trade Representative and the U.S. Commerce Department.
It is said that the standards will be built on recent initiatives, such as the Cross Border Privacy Rules, which enables data transfers among members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.