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The first concern is related to a data protection law in Japan called the Personal Information Protection Act or Law no. 57 of 2003. The basic purpose of the law, according to Jones Day, is to “protect the rights and interests of individuals while taking consideration of the usefulness of personal information, in view of a remarkable increase in the use of personal information due to development of the advanced information and communications society.”
(1) The secrecy of communications being handled by a telecommunications carrier shall not be violated.
(2) Any person engaged in the telecommunications business shall, while in office, maintain the secrets of others that have come to be known with respect to communications being handled by the telecommunications carrier. The same shall apply even after this person’s retirement from office.
The Tokyo Times is reporting that the Japanese government has asked Google to “prepare clear explanations of the new rules and be ready to answer promptly user questions, even after the new policy is introduced.”
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