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Guidebook for Utilization of Camera Images Ver. 3.0 Formulated

March 30, 2022

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) have formulated the Guidebook for Utilization of Camera Images Ver. 3.0, which lays out items that must be considered to make the examination of actual case studies of camera images for business purposes and explains them in detail with specific examples that include photographs and illustrations.

1. Background

The IoT Acceleration Consortium's Data Distribution Promotion Working Group (chaired by Hiroyuki Morikawa, graduate school professor at the University of Tokyo) was established with the goal of boosting data-related transactions across fields and industries. Below the Utilization of Camera Images Sub-Working Group (chaired by Hiroaki Kikuchi, professor in the Department of Frontier Media Science in the School of Interdisciplinary Mathematical Sciences at Meiji University), which has considered the use of camera images by looking at use cases, while also taking privacy into account.

Experts with profound views on privacy and data usage participated and discussed responses to the 2020 and 2021 Amendments to the Act on the Protection of Personal Information, extra considerations from a privacy protection viewpoint, organization from a governance viewpoint, and considerations according to technological progress. They then compiled the Guidebook for Utilization of Camera Images Ver. 3.0.

They compiled the proposed revisions in February 2022 and called for public opinions from Feb. 16 to Mar. 2, 2022. They received 25 submissions. They then revised the Guidebook for Utilization of Camera Images Ver. 3.0 based on discussions up to the present and opinions received, and compiled the results from the call for public comments.

This guidebook is intended as a reference, from a privacy protection viewpoint and assuming compliance with laws and regulations, to encourage businesses to voluntarily take steps to build mutual understanding and trust between themselves and consumers, rather than just focusing on legality.

METI and MIC hope that businesses can effectively utilize the guidebook to make concrete advances in the utilization of camera images and data.

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