Japan: Update of Japan’s Privacy Law

On March 10, 2020, the Cabinet approved a bill to partially amend the Act on the Protection of Personal Information (the “APPI).  The proposed amendments are intended to respond to the increased needs to balance the protection and utilization of personal information, and risks arise from cross-border transfer by strengthen the rights of data subjects, impose new obligations on companies that collect and handle personal information such as obligation to notify certain data breach to the Personal Information Protection Commission (“PPC”), expand the PPC authority to offshore companies, introduce the concept of Pseudonymisation and increases the amount of penalty for breach of the APPI.  The amended APPI would have a significant impact on companies that handle personal information, and that it is necessary to fully understand the contents of the amendment and prepare for the enforcement of the amended APPI in advance.

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