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Japan eyes mandatory suspension of personal data use by IT firms

  • April 25, 2019
  • , Jiji Press , 9:47 p.m.
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A Japanese government commission said Thursday it is planning to oblige companies including information communication giants to suspend the use of personal information they collected if their customers ask them to do so. 

The Personal Information Protection Commission clarified the plan in an interim report on its work toward amending the current revised personal information protection law. The commission aims to draw up an amendment bill by the end of this year so it can introduce it to the next ordinary parliamentary session expected to start in early January 2020.

Under the current law, companies must accept request from individuals to stop using their personal information only if such data is collected fraudulently or used for purposes other than the original intent notified in advance.

Given this clause, many firms have refused to stop using personal information, people familiar with the situation said.

In the interim report, the commission underlined the need to consider ways to grant broader rights to individuals.

Meanwhile, it decided to continue discussions on whether to oblige companies to delete personal information in order to protect their “right to be forgotten.”

The government is required to review the law, which took effect in 2017, every three years.

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