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EC launches the adoption of the adequacy decision for Japan on data protection

Following the conclusion of the EU-Japan talks on personal data protection in July 2018, the EC has now launched the procedure for the adoption of its adequacy decision. This will ensure Japan is considered an “adequate destination” for personal data of EU citizens; transfer of such data to Japan will not require additional safeguards. Each side is now going through internal procedures towards the final adoption of its reciprocal adequacy finding. For the EU, this involves obtaining an opinion from the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) and the green light from a committee composed of representatives of the EU Member States. Once this procedure will have been completed, the Commission will adopt the adequacy decision on Japan.