Japan

Japan’s My Number program (マイナンバー法) gets independent Data Protection Authority Commissioner in early 2014

Japan — Under the mai nannbaa-ho (マイナンバー法) My Number Act (enacted May 13, 2013, also called the Social Benefits and Tax Number Act), Japan’s citizens will be assigned unique numbers to track income, social security, taxes, welfare and benefits, and certain information in disasters. Japan will start assigning numbers to its citizens in late 2015. The My Number Act brought with it concern about the use of the numbers as a unique national ID. As a result, Japan will establish a new independent Data Protection Authority called the Specific Personal Information Protection Commission, and will consist of a Chairman and six commission members. The Chairman and Commissioners will be appointed by Japan’s Prime Minister, and confirmed by Japan’s National Diet. The Commission will oversee the use of the new Social Security and Tax system numbers. Unlike many national ID numbering systems, Japan did not set up a centralized database for the numbers due to concerns about data breach and privacy.

Professor Hiroshi Miyashita from Japan’s Chuo University, and an Advisor to the Consumer Affairs Agency (CAA) — gave a talk Oct. 1 at a Privacy Laws & Business Asia Roundtable in London. He told PL& B that the new Commission is to “ensure the proper handling of personal numbers and other specific personal information, and provide guidance, advice and recommendations.” Professor Miyashita said enforcement powers will be limited to requiring reports and conducting on-site inspections. Additional documents regarding the new DPA indicate that there will be a role for the Commission in overseeing release of personal information in disasters, and that the Commission will also issue guidance regarding the use of identifying numbers.

First International Privacy and Security Conference (IPSC2008) in Tokyo Nov. 11-12 Brings Together World Experts to Share Solutions and Information on the Privacy and Security Impact of the World Economic Crisis, Data Leakages, New Global Data Issues, and

The conference, the first of its kind to be held in Japan, bring together the world’s leading privacy and security experts from Japan, the European Union, and the United States to discuss issues in common from a global perspective. Conference experts will share their best information, policies, practices, and ideas on how to solve the pressing privacy and security issues of today and those we willface in the future, including the impact of the economic crisis on data security and privacy.

World Privacy Forum Announces IPSC2008 Conference in Tokyo, Japan

IPSC2008 Conference — The World Privacy Forum is co-hosting the first International Privacy and Security Conference 2008 (IPSC2008), to be held in Tokyo, Japan on November 11-12, 2008. Also co-hosting the conference are the Japan-based Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE), Social Implications of Technology and Information Ethics, and the Japan Society of Security Management. This conference brings together Japan’s leading privacy and security experts and scholars as well as experts from the US and the EU.

News Release and Event Announcement: International Privacy and Security Conference 2008

This conference is convened for the purpose of gaining a deepened mutual understanding of privacy and security approaches cross-culturally, with the conference providing an international forum for discussing and understanding the different concepts of privacy and security in the US, Asia, and the EU. Through sharing of current practices and ideas, the participants will explore possible bridges between what these concepts mean in different countries both now and looking to the future as well.