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  • Seminar to be Held: Movements Involving Personal Information Protection in Cross Border Transfers - APEC/CBPR system as a framework for promoting the cross-border transfers of personal information -

Seminar to be Held: Movements Involving Personal Information Protection in Cross Border Transfers - APEC/CBPR system as a framework for promoting the cross-border transfers of personal information -

On Tuesday, October 18, 2016, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will hold a seminar, aiming to raise awareness among businesses in Japan about the APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) system.

1. Background and outline of the system

In an attempt to address various issues that have arisen with the advancing globalization of businesses, APEC developed and now operates the CBPR system in order to appropriately protect personal information in cross-border transfers. Under this system, enterprises and other entities conduct self-assessments of their rules and frameworks concerning personal information protection in cross-border transfers, and then the details are examined and certified in advance by an independent APEC CBPR-system-recognized public- or private-sector entity, referred to as an “accountability agent.”

In January 2016, for the first time, APEC authorized a Japanese body, the Japan Institute for Promotion of Digital Economy and Community (JIPDEC), as an accountability agent under the CBPR system, and in June 2016, JIPDEC started certifying Japanese companies. This will allow Japan to certify Japanese companies that are developing business overseas and engaging in appropriate efforts to protect personal information transferred across borders under the CBPR system.

2. Significance of the seminar

The seminar will be held in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), the Personal Information Protection Commission, Japan (PPC), and other entities, targeting businesses in Japan and aiming to raise their awareness regarding the system.

  • The seminar program includes the following scheduled seminars:
    1. Presentation by an official from DOC concerning: utilization of personal information across borders and actions taken to protect such information; EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, an agreement recently concluded with the EU; and significance and positions of the CBPR system from a global point of view, etc.
    2. Presentation by an official from PPC explaining the summary of the Revised Act on the Protection of Personal Information
    3. Panel discussion with accountability agents and certified businesses in the U.S. concerning the significance for Japanese companies of the authorization under the CBPR system, etc.
    4. Presentation by an official from JIPDEC concerning the concrete procedures under the CBPR system, from filing an application to winning the certification

3. Outline of the seminar and application details

Date and time:
Tuesday, October 18, 2016; from 13:30 to 17:00
Venue:
Sasakawa Hall (3-12-12, Mita, Minato Ward, Tokyo)
Participation fee:
Free of charge
Capacity:
About 150
Please note that when the number of applications exceeds capacity, METI will make adjustments.
Application website:
https://www.issnet.jp/apec-meti/ external link
Please register in advance by completing a registration form on the website above.

Release date

October 4, 2016

Division in Charge

Information Economy Division & Office of International Affairs, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

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