|Author (Corporate)||European Commission|
|Series Details||C (2019) 304|
Implementing Decision adopted by the European Commission in January 2019 regarding its adequacy decision on Japan, allowing personal data to flow freely between the two countries on the basis of strong protection guarantees.
This mutual adequacy arrangement was set to create the world's largest area of safe transfers of data based on a high level of protection for personal data. The agreement foresees a mutual recognition of an equivalent level of data protection by the EU and Japan. Once adopted, this covers personal data exchanged for commercial purposes, ensuring that in all exchanges a high level of data protection is applied.
The European Commission launched a dialogue with Japan, as mentioned in a Communication published in January 2017. In July 2018, the EU and Japan announced the successful conclusion of talks regarding reciprocal adequacy when it comes to data protection. They agreed to recognise each other's data protection systems as 'equivalent', which would allow data to flow safely between the EU and Japan. Upon this agreement, each side launched relevant internal procedures for the adoption of its adequacy finding. For the EU, this involved obtaining an opinion from the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) and the green light from a committee composed of representatives of the EU Member States. The adequacy decision was eventually adopted by the European Commission on 23 January 2019.
|Subject Categories||Values and Beliefs|
|Subject Tags||Fundamental | Human Rights|
|Keywords||Data Privacy | Protection
|Countries / Regions||Japan|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|