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Japan superfans lose fight for 1966 Beatles tour footage

Group of Japanese Beatles fans have lost their bid to get police to hand over historic footage of the band’s 1966 Japan visit.The superfans took their battle for the film — recorded by police as a security measure — all the way to the Supreme Court, arguing it was a “historical document.”

Police had offered to release the footage, reportedly about 35 minutes long, but only after blurring the faces of everyone in the film except the Beatles, citing privacy reasons. Two lower courts backed the police against a group of citizens from Nagoya who wanted the entire film released uncensored, saying it would be almost impossible to identify people in the footage more than 50 years later. But the long and winding legal battle ended last week when the Supreme Court rejected their argument, the group announced.

Source: Don’t let me down: Japan superfans lose fight for 1966 Beatles tour footage | The Japan Times

EU Begins Formal Approval for Japan Adequacy Decision

On September 5, 2018, the European Commission announced in a press release the launch of the procedure to formally adopt the Commission’s adequacy decision with respect to Japan. The press release notes that the EU-Japan talks on personal data protection were completed in July 2018, and announces the publication of the draft adequacy decision and related documents which, among other things, set forth the additional safeguards Japan will accord EU personal data that is transferred to Japan.

Source: EU Begins Formal Approval for Japan Adequacy Decision

EU and Japan agreed to create the world’s largest area of safe data flows

On July 17 the EU and Japan successfully concluded their talks on reciprocal adequacy. They agreed to recognise each other’s data protection systems as ‘equivalent’, which will allow data to flow safely between the EU and Japan. Each side will now launch its relevant internal procedures for the adoption of its adequacy finding.

Source: European Commission – PRESS RELEASES – Press release – The European Union and Japan agreed to create the world’s largest area of safe data flows

EU approaching adequacy deals with Japan and Korea

The EU is currently finalising a trade agreement with Japan – a process that began in March 2015. Since then, data protection concerns have gained currency in the EU and efforts are now made to ensure that future trade deals will go hand-in-hand with sufficient protection. Japan’s law requires Japan to also find the EU’s data protection regime “adequate.”

Source: EU approaching adequacy deals with Japan, Korea

Significant developments on adequacy findings between Japan and Europe

On 25 April 2018, Japan’s data protection authority published draft guidelines relating to adequacy findings for international personal data transfers from Europe to Japan (Guidelines).

If the Guidelines come into force in their current form, they will allow for personal data to be transferred from the EEA (which includes the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) to Japan without measures such as specific data subject consent or standard contractual clauses.

Source: Data Protection – Significant developments on adequacy findings between Japan and Europe

2018 global legislative predictions in privacy

Taking a look at the activities of 2017, it’s clear that the coming year will see lots of movement on the privacy front. This week’s Privacy Tracker legislative roundup consists of contributions from around the globe on expected and potential legislation. With more than 20 entries coming in from countries and regions spanning Argentina to Zimbabwe, hopefully we’ve hit on some important upcoming developments you should have on your radar.

Source: 2018 global legislative predictions

LIBE visits Tokyo ahead of adequacy decision

The European Commission is gearing up to propose a so-called adequacy decision with Japan to allow the free flow of data between Japan and the EU – possibly as early as January or February 2018. To assess how ready Tokyo is to meet the demands of the EU’s data protection regime, the European Parliament’€™s civil liberties, justice and home affairs (LIBE) committee sent a delegation to Japan from October 30 to November 3.

Source: LIBE visits Tokyo ahead of adequacy decision

Whistleblower Snowden warns of looming mass surveillance in Japan

Edward Snowden, who exposed extensive U.S. surveillance programs in 2013, warned this week that Japan may be moving closer to sweeping surveillance of ordinary citizens as the government eyes a legal change to enhance police powers in the name of counterterrorism.

Source: Whistleblower Snowden warns of looming mass surveillance in Japan – Japan Today

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