A Japanese communications ministry panel recommends the country revise its privacy laws to cover tech companies with data centers and other facilities overseas, The Japan Times reports. The panel released its first draft of the revisions. The draft states Japan should consider the revisions in order to impose “secrecy of communications” rules to large tech companies, such as a requirement to have representatives within Japan. Current privacy laws prohibit domestic companies from viewing data without a person’s consent; however, the law does not apply to global entities. The panel aims to send a finalized version of the draft by June and have the changes go into effect by 2020.
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