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Disagreement over data transfer risks stalling EU-Japan trade negotiations

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Disagreement over data transfer risks stalling EU-Japan trade negotiations

While the Japanese negotiators want data flows included in the agreement, the EU is unwilling, with the European Commission saying that “it does not negotiate data protection standards in trade agreements”, Politico reported.

Both the European Parliament and Commission’s directorate argue that a deal with Tokyo would erode the EU’s digital privacy framework. Meanwhile, according to Commission sources, it would take years for Japan’s privacy laws to reach European standards. 

The issue is particularly relevant for card companies and banks: currently European companies have to store Japanese customers’ data in Japan, while Japanese companies operating in Europe must keep their clients’ data on servers in Europe.

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Teemu Henriksson

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2016-12-12 13:25

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