Japan’s First Certification of a Business under the APEC CBPR System
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) is committed to popularizing the APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) system, a framework meant to appropriately protect personal information transferred across national borders. On December 20, 2016, IntaSect Communications, Inc. (Corporate number: 6010001125005) was examined and certified by the Japan Institute for Promotion of Digital Economy and Community (JIPDEC), an accountability agent under the CBPR system, for the first time in Japan.
1. Background and outline of the system
As the globalization of businesses advances, APEC has developed and operates the CBPR system in order to appropriately protect personal information in cross-border transfers. Under this system, companies and other entities conduct self-assessments of their own rules and frameworks concerning personal information protection in cross-border transfers, and the details are examined and certified by an independent accountability agent that has been recognized under the APEC CBPR system.
In 2014, APEC approved Japan’s accession to the system, and in January 2016, APEC recognized JIPDEC as an accountability agent for the CBPR system as the first agent in Japan. Following this, in June 2016, JIPDEC started the certification process Japanese companies. This allows Japan to certify companies and other entities that are developing business overseas and engaging in efforts to protect personal information transferred across borders under the APEC CBPR system.
2. Future actions
In the era of big data, where data is a source of industrial competitiveness, developing effective procedures for international data transfers and appropriate protection of personal data are important.
To this end, Japan will continue to strive for the popularization of the CBPR system to encourage companies and entities developing business overseas to make efforts for the protection of personal information transferred across national borders.
December 20, 2016
Division in Charge
Information Economy Division & Office of International Affairs, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau