Free Flow of Personal Data Between the European Union and Japan Starts Now

On January 23, the European Commission (the “EU Commission”) authorized the free flow of personal data to Japan. This “adequacy decision,” issued jointly with a mirroring decision by the Japanese government, allows personal data to transfer between the European Union (the “EU”) and Japan freely and under strong guarantees of protection. The outcome of lengthy negotiations resulting in Japan strengthening its privacy rules to follow EU standards, the adequacy decision arrives a few days before the EU-Japan free trade agreement enters into force in February 2019.

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Mayer Brown LLP’s partner Charles-Albert Helleputte and associate Diletta De Cicco report on the new guidance and highlight areas of interest in this Legal Update.

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