Personal Information

Japan’s New National Identification Number

From October of this year, a national identification number will be introduced in Japan. And from 2016, Japanese citizens must use this number to receive and contribute to national pensions, to get a child-care allowance, and pay their taxes. The national identification number is very useful system because the government can track the provision of

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National ID System and Cybersecurity

This year in October, the “my number” or national ID system will be introduced in Japan and from January 2015, its use will be required.Before that, however, some legal changes are required to prevent illegal access and use of national IDs and to build public awareness about the advantages of the system and the precaution that they need

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MarkeZine Report: JR Commuters Reject Sale of Anonymized Data to Hitachi

The current data driven economy has encouraged the selling and buying of anonymized big data. Although the data is anonymous, there have been cases in which an individual was identified. This year, Japan Railways (JR) East was found to be selling data to Hitachi regarding the movement of train commuters so that Hitachi could improve its

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Nikkei IT Pro Report: Privacy Advisory Board Recommendations

The Japanese government’s IT Strategy Headquarter is considering amendments to existing laws regarding the protection and security of personal information. Nevertheless, several problems continue to stall progress. Corporations involved in the discussion are primarily concerned with the economic benefits of big data utilization, such as extracting individual user history records to develop marketing strategies. It

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Nikkei Report: Big Data and Legislative Reform

The Japanese government is preparing a new law to handle big data concerns and harmonize with international standards. To oversee the transition and enforce compliance with the new level of standards, the government will create a third-party institution to administer the regulation of personal information, allowing for greater privacy protection for consumers and ease-of-access to data for companies. Leaders in

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Nikkei Report: Growing Concern over the Use of Big Data

Big Data is generating strong interest among Japanese companies these days. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, use of Big Data has expanded in industries, such as retailing, manufacturing and transportation. Companies are gathering data on their customers, but since they are complying with the existing personal information law there is technically no legal

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