Systematic government access to private-sector data in Japan

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The Japanese legal system has been based on the German legal system since the mid-nineteenth century, but the American legal system was grafted on to it following Japan's defeat in the Second World War in 1945. The post-war constitution contained an article regarding the secrecy of communication and protected privacy in terms of respect of individuals. † As of 2011, the Japanese government had 85,882 record systems containing personal/privacy information of Japanese and foreign persons. Now, as the Personal Information Protection Law in the Executive Branch, which was enacted in 1988, and the Personal Information Protection Law, which was enacted in 2003, strictly regulate privacy, there have been fewer problematic cases regarding governmental access to private sector data. Data gathering for law enforcement or intelligence activities has also been weaker following the Second World War. † Private-sector corporations/organizations might share data with government agencies, but it is based on voluntary arrangements, not by any mandatory system. More focus is being cast not on governmental access to private sector data, but on citizen's access to data, which government agencies are holding, as well as the establishment of a national ID system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-244
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Data Privacy Law
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Nov 1

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