Meeting Held with a High-Level Official of U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC)

Secretary General Mari Sonoda on October 19, 2016, had an exchange of views with U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Analysis Ted Dean during his visit to Japan.

“The Commission has resolved to advocate for further cooperation with foreign counterparts to enable cross-border transfer of personal information while ensuring the protection thereof. The Commission will work strenuously to ensure the reciprocal and smooth transfer of data, including by promoting the APEC CBPR system,” Secretary General Sonoda stated. “We look forward to continuing to cooperate with the Department of Commerce and the U.S. Government.”

“The CBPR system offers a tremendous opportunity across APEC to protect consumer privacy while facilitating data flows that are critical to trade and economic growth,” Acting Assistant Secretary Dean stated. “We look forward to continuing to work with the Government of Japan to implement and expand the APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules System.”

Both parties affirmed that the Personal Information Protection Commission and the DOC will meet regularly and work together with stakeholders from both countries to raise awareness of the CBPR and encourage other APEC member economies to participate.




From left, Mr. Dean, Mr. Wylegala, and Ms. Sonoda


(Reference) U.S. Department of Commerce’s Press release

「UNITED STATES AND JAPAN COMMIT TO IMPROVE AND ADVANCE CROSS-BORDER PRIVACY AND DATA FLOWS」