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It Will Become Possible to Certify the Personal Information Protection in Cross-Border Transfer in the APEC Region-Japan’s first Accountability Agent for the APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) system is recognised-

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has received a notification from APEC that it has recognised the Japan Institute for Promotion of Digital Economy and Community (JIPDEC) as an Accountability Agent for the CBPR system.
This recognition enables JIPDEC to certify whether personal information in the cross-border transfer held by enterprises and other entities in the APEC region is in conformity with the principle of the APEC Privacy Framework.

1. Background and outline of the system

As the globalization of businesses advances, APEC has developed the CBPR system in order to protect personal information appropriately in the cross-border transfer.
Under this system, enterprises and other entities conduct self-assessment of their own rules and frameworks concerning personal information protection in cross-border transfer, and then the details of them are examined and certified by an independent APEC CBPR system recognised public or private sector entity, called Accountability Agent, in advance
In April 2014, Japan received approval to participate the CBPR system.

2. Effects of approval

Release date

January 25, 2016

Divisions in charge

Information Economy Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

Office of International Affairs, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

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