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Establishment of the Study Group for Ideal Approaches to a Certification Scheme Concerning Functions of Information Trust

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) decided to establish a study group called the “Study Group for Ideal Approaches to a Certification Scheme Concerning Functions of Information Trust,” as a public-private joint effort, aiming to hold discussions concerning ideal approaches to a certification scheme concerning so-called “information banks,” and METI and MIC hereby announce that the study group will hold its meetings. At these meetings, the study group will focus on functions of information trust required for information banks and will hold discussions concerning the arbitrary certification systems operated by private associations and other organizations and ideal approaches to stipulating related rules.

1. Outline

From the viewpoint of facilitating the appropriate utilization of personal data, including personal information, the government of Japan, taking the opportunity of the meeting of the Study Group for Development of Data Distribution Environments under the Strategic Headquarters for the Promotion of an Advanced Information and Telecommunications Network Society (IT Strategic Headquarters), held discussions concerning information banks, a system to promote data distribution and utilization in which individuals are involved, and other issues, and compiled discussion results into a report in March 2017 concerning Japan’s need to promote proactive efforts to implement such banks in society through public-private collaboration.

Moreover, the Fourth Intermediate Recommendation, released by the Council of Information and Communication of MIC in July 2017, proposes that concerning personnel in charge of functions of information trust as information banks, implementation of an arbitrary certification system would be desirable, operated under the rules stipulated by private associations and other organizations, so as to socially recognize such personnel who meet certain levels of requirements.

In light of such discussions and other efforts, the Study Group for Ideal Approaches to a Certification Scheme Concerning Functions of Information Trust will hold its meetings as a public-private joint effort so as to encourage users to utilize functions of information trust in a safe manner and will hold discussions concerning ideal approaches to a certification system, e.g., requirements for personnel in charge of functions of information trust and operation schemes of a certification system.

2. Major points of contention

  • Streamlining of legal matters for provision of personal information through functions of information trust
  • Requirements for organization serving such functions in terms of related systems and other perspectives, security measures therefor, etc.
  • Operation schemes conducted by certifying associations

3. Members of the study group

  • See the Appendix (in Japanese).
  • In addition, METI and MIC will call for opinions of stakeholders in the private sector as needed.

4. Future schedule

  • The study group will hold three meetings by the end of FY2017, and will compile the discussion results into a report.
  • These meetings will be held as closed sessions, in principle, but the compiled results and the summaries of the proceedings will be open to the public after the meetings.

Release date

November 6, 2017

Divisions in Charge

  • Information Economy Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI
  • Technology Policy Division, Information and Communications Bureau, MIC

Related website

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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