Japan’s data adequacy
Tuesday, January 29th, 2019
On Wednesday 23rd January, Japan was given adequacy status by the EU commission.
This means that justifying data can be safely transferred from, and to Japan without the need for other safeguards. For the UK, this only remain the case until we leave the EU (as all adequacy agreements are currently between the EC and 3rd countries). It’s a mutual recognition, so it means that Japan can also share data with the EC countries in exactly the same way.
While an adequacy decision does not mean that Japan’s data laws and protection are identical to ours, it is an acknowledgement by the EC that Japan shows a “standard of essential equivalence”. This includes a wide range of safeguards, including an extension of the Japanese definition of “sensitive data”, and a comprehensive mechanism for protecting and defending the rights of data subjects.
This is the first time a 3rd country has been awarded adequacy status since the implementation of GDPR – so it’s really great news for Japan, and for businesses like LEXXIKA, who work with secure international data transfers.
The benefits of this are that European and Japanese citizens enjoy a much greater of security in the handling of their data, in both jurisdictions, and equally that business will find it easier to make unhindered data transfers, when necessary. This is an excellent opportunity for international businesses hoping to gain access to Japan’s massive consumer market – and of course for anyone already interacting with the Japanese economy.