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European Commission - Statement

Joint Statement by Haruhi Kumazawa, Commissioner of the Personal Information Protection Commission of Japan and Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality of the European Commission*

Tokyo, 17 July 2018

Commissioner of the Personal Information Protection Commission of Japan, Haruhi Kumazawa, and EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Věra Jourová, today successfully concluded discussions to recognise each other's personal data protection systems as equivalent. The mutual adequacy finding will create the world's largest area of safe data transfers based on a high level of protection of personal data.

This decision will complement and enhance the benefits of the Economic Partnership Agreement and contribute to the strategic partnership between Japan and the EU.

With this agreement, they reaffirm their commitment to shared values concerning the protection of personal data and to strengthen their cooperation and demonstrate their leadership, in shaping global standards based on a high level of protection of personal data.

The citizens of Japan and the EU will benefit from strong protection of their personal data while companies will benefit from the unhindered safe and free data transfers to each other's economies.

The adequacy dialogue confirmed the mutual understanding of measures based on the Japanese Act on the Protection of Personal Information (APPI) and the role of the independent personal data protection authority, the Personal Information Protection Commission (PPC), and measures based on the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its governance structure.

They commit to complete their relevant internal procedures required for this framework for mutual and smooth transfer of personal data between Japan and the EU to become operational by autumn 2018.

For More Information

Press release: The European Union and Japan agreed to create the world's largest area of free and safe data flows

MEMO: Questions & Answers on the Japan Adequacy Decision

On adequacy decisions

On the Economic Partnership Agreement

 

* Updated on 31 July 2018

STATEMENT/18/4548

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