EU Strikes Bilateral Data Transfer Deal With Japan

Law360 (July 17, 2018, 7:23 PM EDT) -- The European Union and Japan on Tuesday unveiled a new agreement that will allow user data to flow much more easily between the two global powers, with Japan agreeing to enact several safeguards to comply with European data protection standards.

The European Commission and Japanese officials said they had reached a "reciprocal adequacy" agreement ensuring that European citizens would have EU-level protection of their personal data when it is transferred to Japan, and vice versa. The arrangement will make life easier for companies exchanging personal data between the EU and Japan for business purposes and for law enforcement agencies transferring data in investigations, officials...

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