News: EU and Japan reach agreement on data transfer

The European Union and Japan have agreed to create the world's largest safe data flow zone

The European Union and Japan have agreed to create the world's largest safe data flow zone

Here is an article from the European Union press review on the mutual recognition of security between these two countries.

Europeans will benefit from an improved level of protection, in line with the high standards of EU privacy protection, when their data is transferred to Japan.


An excerpt


"Today, the Commission and Japan concluded the negotiations on a reciprocal finding of an adequate level of protection by the EU and Japan. This will create the world's largest area of safe data transfer based on a high level of protection. Even though the EU already has unilateral adequacy decisions with several other countries, this is the first time the EU and a third country agreed on a reciprocal recognition of the adequate level of data protection.

Like the EU, Japan has recently modernised its data protection legislation. This has increased the convergence between the two systems, as reflected in the recognition of data protection as a fundamental right, a common set of safeguards and individual rights, and supervision and enforcement by an independent data protection authority, among other things.

On the EU side, this adequacy finding was decided based on a series of additional safeguards that Japan will apply to the data of Europeans when transferred to their country. These safeguards will bridge certain differences between the two data protection systems: for instance the Japanese definition of sensitive data will be expanded, the exercise of individual rights will be facilitated, and the further transfer of Europeans' data from Japan to another third country will be subject to a higher level of protection. Japan also agreed to establish a system of handling and resolution of complaints, under the supervision of the Japanese data protection authority (the Personal Information Protection Commission), to ensure that potential complaints from Europeans as regards access to their data by Japanese law enforcement and national security authorities will be effectively investigated and resolved.


As it also deals with the article that will also be useful at the levels of companies that benefit from unhindered data transfers from their market

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