Magazine article Information Management

Japan Privacy Law to Change on May 30

Magazine article Information Management

Japan Privacy Law to Change on May 30

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Revisions to Japan's Act on the Protection of Personal Information (APPI), combined with the start-up of a Personal Information Protection Commission (PPC), likely will affect the international community's cross-border data transfers with Japan.

As summarized on Lexology.com, PPC Director Yoshikazu Okamoto spoke in a presentation in Washington about these key aspects of the amended APPI, one of Asia's oldest privacy laws, which was established in 2003:

* The PPC will have centralized data protection authority over all ministries. It consists of a chairman and eight commissioners appointed by the prime minister, with consent of the Diet (Japan's legislature).

* Consent will be required to use or disclose "special care-required personal information," which includes data about a person's race, creed, social status, medical record, criminal history, and crime-victim status. …

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