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Meeting of Expert Group on Data Free Flow with Trust Held

November 2, 2021

The Expert Group on Data Free Flow with Trust was established by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) to study interoperable frameworks in relation to cross-border transfers of data, toward concrete implementation of the "data free flow with trust" (DFFT) concept proposed by Japan in 2019. It has now held its first meeting.

1. Purpose

The transition to a digital economy will be an irreversible change in the strategic environment. As such, ensuring that consumers and businesses can distribute data (their most important resource) across national borders freely and with peace of mind is an important task for Japan's economic and industrial policies. The goal is to provide an environment conducive to producing innovation and new business models.

With this in mind, more and more countries around the world are moving toward stronger control over the data created and stored within their regions. For example, many are beginning to restrict cross-border data transfers and mandate that the data be stored within their borders. On the other hand, in judging whether to control the data produced within their regions, countries are thinking in terms of human rights, security, and so on that are different from commercial and economic interests. Consequently, promoting DFFT will require not only developing trade rules regarding free flow, but also establishing interoperable systems that take into account each country's unique circumstances.

In light of this situation, as the country that proposed DFFT, Japan will consider frameworks for ensuring that data can be transferred across national borders—taking into account each country's unique circumstances. Based on this, it will then propose ideas in G7 meetings and other international fora. Through these activities, experts and corporate executives will gather to discuss the future policy directions in order to lead the discussions on DFFT.

2. Matters to be discussed

The study group will consider the following:

3. Members

See the Appendix.

4. Schedule

The first meeting was held on Monday, November 1, 2021, and a series of further meetings is planned to follow.

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