Protection of Personal Information (Japan)

The Act on the Protection of Personal Information ("APPI") regulates privacy protection issues in Japan and the Personal Information Protection Commission ("PPC"), a central agency acts as a supervisory governmental organization on issues of privacy protection. The APPI contains similar provisions as the GDPR. 

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  • Restriction on the transfer of personal data to foreign countries

  • Security requirements and third party management 

  • Individual rights including privacy notices, rights to access information, rights to data portability, rights to be forgotten etc. 

On 5 June 2020, the law amending the APPI was enacted, and is expected to enter into force within 2 years of the publication date (i.e., by 12 June 2022). 

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