In this Privacy Tracker series, we look at laws from across the globe and match them up against the EU General Data Protection Regulation. The aim is to help you determine how much duplication of operational effort you might avoid as you move toward GDPR compliance and help you focus your efforts. In this installment, Kensaku Takase of Baker McKenzie compares the Japanese Act on the Protection of Personal Information with the principles expressed by the GDPR. Japan's APPI came into effect in May and with it came a "white list" of countries that provide adequate data protection similar to that of the EU. "The mutual recognition will add Japan to EU's white list and make the EU Japan's first 'white-listed' jurisdiction," Takase writes. "Even so, there remains a large number of differences between the privacy laws of the EU and Japan."
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