Japanese ruling party hears Google and Facebook over data protection issues

20 Mar 2019

Members of the Japanese ruling party, the Liberal Democratic Party, questioned executives from Google over the company’s data protection practices. According to the Japan Times, the party headed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is also set to hear from Facebook, on 22 March as the Japanese antitrust watchdog examines whether the market position of dominant tech companies hinders fair competition.

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Privacy and data protection are two interrelated Internet governance issues. Data protection is a legal mechanism that ensures privacy. Privacy is usually defined as the right of any citizen to control their own personal information and to decide about it (to disclose information or not). Privacy is a fundamental human right. It is recognised in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and in many other international and regional human rights conventions. The July 2015 appointment of the first UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy in the Digital Age reflects the rising importance of privacy in global digital policy, and the recognition of the need to address privacy rights issues the the global, as well as national levels.


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