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Establishment of Study Group for Data Portability

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry(METI)and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications(MIC)decided to establish the "Study Group for Data Portability" in order to hold discussions concerning ideal approaches to so-called "data portability," and METI and MIC hereby announce that the study group will hold meetings moving forward. The study group will research effects to be brought about by data portability, the current situation in overseas countries concerning data portability, and other issues, and will examine and study ideal approaches to data portability in the major fields in Japan, such as medical care, finance and electricity.

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 the importance of data portability, a system in which personal data provided by individuals with prior consent and maintained by the public and private sectors is given back to the individuals as data owners or to be transferred to a third party in a simple form for reuse. The government compiled the discussion results into a report in March 2017.

In light of this effort, aiming to uncover a mechanism by which data portability facilitates distribution of personal data, the council will hold meetings to research and study ideal approaches to data portability in the major fields in Japan, such as medical care, finance and electricity, and other issues.

2. Major points of contention for the research and study

  • Effects to be brought about by data portability
  • Potential challenges in achieving data portability
  • Ideal approaches to data portability bearing in mind the needs of consumers, businesses, and other sectors
  • Research for uncovering currents situation in overseas countries concerning data portability

3. Members of the council

  • 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 four meetings by the end of FY2017, and will compile the discussion results into a report.
  • These meetings will be held as closed sessions, but the compiled results and the summaries of the proceedings will be open to the public after the meetings.

Release date

November 20, 2017

Division in Charge

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

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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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