The European Commission is gearing up to propose a so-called adequacy decision with Japan to allow the free flow of personal data between Japan and the EU — possibly as early as January or February 2018. To assess how ready Tokyo is to meet the demands of the EU’s data protection regime, the European Parliament’s civil liberties, justice and home affairs (LIBE) committee sent a delegation to Japan from Oct. 30 to Nov. 3. The group was led by Committee Chair Claude Moraes, who told The Privacy Advisor that he was impressed: “It was very constructive. We don’t normally get to meet the government representatives. But they are particularly focused on this issue because it is the next building block for the trade agreement." Jennifer Baker has the details of the trip in this exclusive for The Privacy Advisor.
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