EU Commission adopts mutual adequacy arrangements with Japan

Published On:Wednesday, January 23, 2019

European Commission

A mutual adequacy arrangement has been adopted by Japan and the EU each recognising the other's data protection legislation as providing adequate protection for personal data.

According to the European Commission:

"The adequacy decisions also complement the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement- which will enter into force in February 2019. European companies will benefit from free data flows with a key commercial partner, as well as from privileged access to the 127 million Japanese consumers. The EU and Japan affirm that, in the digital era, promoting high privacy and personal data protection standards and facilitating international trade must and can go hand in hand."