Now that Japan has secured an adequacy decision under the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, opening a channel of free-flowing data between the two jurisdictions, several other countries are expected to follow suit. But the U.S. is not among them.

The European Commission announced in late January that Japan had successfully negotiated the first adequacy decision under the GDPR. The agreement between Japan and the EU created the “world’s largest area of safe data flows,” according to a statement from European Commissioner Věra Jourová.

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