[Event Information]
GSDM 9th Platform Seminar
International Symposium on Cross-border Data Flow
12th Mar.2014 (Koshiba Hall, Hongo Campus)



As part of the current Japanese Abe administration’s efforts to stimulate the Japanese economy, the current privacy law, the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA), is scheduled for revision in the next regular Diet session starting in January 2015. The new law is expected to provide more flexibility for conducting big data business than is currently the case.

Key issues for the revision include (1) a new framework for cross-border data flow, (2) a new category of “pseudonymous data”, besides personally identifiable information which requires consent of data subject for collecting, processing and sharing with third parties, and (3) a new rule for sensitive personal data (e.g. health record).

Coincidentally there is ongoing privacy reform in Europe. Furthermore, the European Commission recently made 13 recommendations to the U.S. government to improve the functioning of the Safe Harbor scheme after revelations of U.S. large-scale intelligence collection programs. The US government is currently in the midst of reforming its surveillance efforts. One of incentives for the Japanese government to revise the privacy law is to align Japan’s data protection system with systems in other countries and remove blockers against cross-border data flow. In this symposium, first-rate privacy experts get together from the United States, Europe and an international organization, and share the status of their privacy reform. This would help the Japanese government make its new privacy law well harmonized with systems in other countries.

Time and Date : Wednesday, March 12, 2014 / 16:00 – 18:00
Venue : Koshiba Hall, Hongo Campus MAP
Organizer : The University of Tokyo – Global Leader Program for Social Design and Management
Co-Organizer : Meiji Institute for Global Affairs (MIGA)
UTokyo Policy Alternatives Research Institute
Sponsor : Japanese Ministry of Education
Supporter : OECD

Program (Download the schedule sheet)

16:00 – 16:05 Welcome –
Prof. Hideaki Shiroyama / Vice Dean, Graduate School of Public Policy, The University of Tokyo
16:05 – 16:10 Opening Remarks –
Haruki Mukai / Vice CIO, Japanese Cabinet Secretariat
16:10 – 16:15 Greetings –
Prof. Masao Horibe / Chairman, the Japanese Data Protection Agency
16:15 – 16:30 Amendment of Japan’s Data Protection Law
Kazuhisa Uryu / Deputy Director General, Japanese Cabinet Secretariat
16:30 – 16:45 Issues and Challenges in the United States
Lara Ballard (Washington, DC) /
Special Advisor for Privacy and Technology, Office of Communications and Information Policy, Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs, Department of State
16:45 – 17:00 View from European Data Protection Supervisor
Giovanni Buttarelli (Brussels, Belgium) /
Assistant Supervisor, European Data Protection Supervisor
17:00 – 17:15 OECD Privacy Challenges
Anne Carblanc (Paris, France) / Head of the Information, Communications and Consumer Policy (ICCP) Division in the Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry, OECD
17:15 – 17:25 Addressing Pseudonymous Data
Woodrow Hartzog /
Assistant Professor at the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University
17:25 – 17:35 Comments on Current Online Privacy Debates in the U.S.
Jeff Gould (San Francisco) / President, SafeGov.org
17:35 – 17:45 Voice form the Industry and Privacy Professional
Jean Gonié (Brussels, Belgium) /
Chair of the French Chapter of Internet Association of Privacy Professionals KnowledgeNet Paris
17:45 – 17:55 Q&A
17:55 – 18:00 Closing Remarks – Prof. Ryozo Hayashi / Director for Meiji Institute for Global Affairs