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APEC Approves Japan as Third Member Of Cross-Border Privacy Rules System

Monday, May 5, 2014

May 1 --The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation May 1 announced that it has approved Japan's participation in the APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) System that is designed to foster global interoperability of consumer data protection measures.  

Under the CBPR, Japan joins the U.S. and Mexico in agreeing to undertake measures to ensure the protection of cross-border information of businesses and others under a common set of principles adopted by the 21 APEC member economies.

Japan submitted its application to join the system in June 2013.

Supports Electronic Commerce

“E-commerce continues to develop rapidly to meet rising product and service demand among the Asia-Pacific region's 2.8 billion consumers,” APEC Electronic Commerce Steering Group Chair Lourdes Yaptinchay said in a statement.

“Complementary regulatory policy that limits costs to businesses while protecting data privacy is critical to facilitating this process,” she said.

Privacy Principles Foundation

Under APEC's CBPR System, companies adopt and agree to abide by internal privacy rules coupled with third-party oversight by accountability agents. The government of the relevant country is tasked with overseeing and enforcing the process.

APEC leaders pledged to implement the CBPR in a November 2011 declaration.

The CBPR are based on APEC's 2004 privacy framework.

U.S., Mexico Already on Board

In July 2012, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that the U.S. had been approved as the first formal participant in the CBPR System, and the Federal Trade Commission confirmed that it would be the system's first privacy enforcement authority.

On Feb. 8, Mexico announced that its CBPR application had been approved.

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