Japan’s privacy and data protection regime is unique. While it in some ways resembles the EU model, it also incorporates several aspects of the layered approach of the United States. Japan recently amended its data protection laws, but it is not yet clear exactly what this new regime will look like. Japan’s unique culture has also shaped its notion of privacy (Pu-rai-ba-shi / プライバシー), which is which is similar to and overlaps with data protection. This panel will feature experts on Japan and US privacy and data protection law. It will provide a basic introduction into privacy and data protection law in Japan as well as compare Japan’s regime with the US and EU models. As one of the largest and most important economies in the world, Japan Data Protection law is a critical component of the world’s data ecosystem. Understanding both its laws and culture of privacy will be key for interacting with Japanese people and organizations and the international flow of data.

Hideyuki Matsumi, Independent Researcher
Woodrow Hartzog, Professor of Law and Computer Science, Northeastern University School of Law and College of Computer and Information Science
Lara Ballard, Senior Director, Information-Sharing, Safeguarding and Security, Office of Privacy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Shaundra Watson, Policy Director, BSA, The Software Alliance


Room: 310


Hideyuki Matsumi

Independent Researcher (Japan)

Lara Ballard

Senior Director
Office of Privacy
U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

Woodrow Hartzog

Northeastern University School of Law & College of Computer & Information Science