August 10, 2018
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) and the IoT Acceleration Consortium (ITAC) jointly compiled a Collection of Case Examples to be Studied Concerning New Data Distribution Transactions ver. 2.0 (hereinafter referred to as the “collection”). Aiming to encourage businesses that intend to embark on business-to-business data distribution transactions, this collection provides a compilation of information on such transactions, including the results of counseling that the Data Distribution Promotion Working Group (hereinafter referred to as the “working group”) conducted with businesses and the details of advice to such businesses made by the members of the working group.
In January 2016, METI, MIC and ITAC established the working group under the chairmanship of Dr. Hiroyuki Morikawa, professor, School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo, aiming to vitalize transactions involving data across the borders of fields and industries. Since then, targeting businesses that intend to embark on business-to-business (BtoB) data distribution transactions, the working group has been holding use case-based discussions on events involving challenges expected in making contracts between businesses concerning data transactions. As an outcome of these discussions, the working group released a Collection of Case Examples to be Studied Concerning New Data Distribution Transactions ver. 1.0 in March 2017.
Following on from this release, the working group revised the first version by adding five use cases newly collected until March 2018 and categorizing details of the advice from the members of the working group to businesses, and compiled the second version titled “Collection of Case Examples To be Studied Concerning New Data Distribution Transactions ver. 2.0.”
2. Outline of the collection
(1) Results of the study on case examples of individual businesses
The collection described a summary of 25 case examples of individual businesses that received counseling with the members of the working group from January 2016 to March 2018 and the details and other data of these counseling sessions. Information that could lead to the identification of specific business that such consulters intend to start, e.g., names of companies, titles of services and details of services, is not disclosed to avoid such identification.
(2) Opinions commonly found in the case examples
The collection shows opinions, grouped into categories based on common content, that can serve as references for businesses in starting data distribution transactions involving BtoB, including business-to-business-to-consumer (BtoBtoC) cases. The categories of opinions were determined based on the advice that the working group provided concerning BtoB data distribution transactions, including BtoBtoC cases. Specifically, the collection explains the opinions categorized according to the issue of a cycle of distributing IoT data (in acquiring, processing and accumulating, and providing and secondarily-using data), from the viewpoints of: the purpose of data utilization (utilization with high public interest or high business potential, etc.); types of data (whether or not personal information or private information is included, etc.); and the scope of data utilization (whether or not data are provided to third parties, etc.).
It should be noted that the collection is a compilation of the results of advice from the members of the working group to businesses concerning individual case examples as a premise, and therefore it does not comprehensively cover the key points to which businesses should pay attention. The collection is expected to contribute to businesses that intend to embark on BtoB operations involving data distribution transactions as a reference when identifying actions to be considered and actions to overcome challenges.
- For further details, see the Appendices attached to the Japanese language news release.
Divisions in Charge
- Information Economy Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI
- Second Telecommunications Consumer Policy Division, Telecommunications Business Department, Telecommunications Bureau, MIC