Today, the EU and Japan announced political agreement in principle on an Economic Partnership Agreement. Overall, this should be a positive development for EU and Japanese workers, consumers, and businesses. But, it does fall short in one crucial regard. There is no binding data flow obligation yet. SIIA put out a statement on this gap today. Instead of a binding data flow commitment now, the two sides agreed to conclude an accord on data flows in early 2018.
This week, Japan’s highest court dismissed a man’s demand that internet search results of his arrest in a child prostitution case be removed under the right to be forgotten.