The European Commission announced it has adopted an adequacy decision with Japan, "creating the world's largest area of safe data flows." Japan has also adopted an equivalent decision with the EU, meaning the agreement now applies. "Investing in privacy pays off," Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Věra Jourová said, "this arrangement will serve as an example for future partnerships in this key area and help [set] global standards." The commission said Japan placed additional safeguards for transferred data, including a set of rules to "bridge several differences" between the frameworks, assurances involving access to data for criminal law enforcement and national security, and a complaint-handling mechanism for EU citizens. The commission also released a fact sheet on the agreement. The decision comes just weeks before the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement enters into force.
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