Japan: Big Tech to face new data law

Technology groups such as Google, Facebook and Amazon.com will face stricter rules on handling personal information in Japan, which looks to use antitrust law to stop unfair trade-offs between privacy and free services, Nikkei has learned.

The government aims to draw up a plan for stronger regulation of so-called platform providers as early as midyear.

The policy will incorporate the concept of “abuse of a superior bargaining position,” which Japan has so far applied only to business-to-business relationships.

The government sees a broader interpretation of this feature of antitrust law as affording protection to consumers who lack the information or knowledge to engage fairly with Big Tech.

Full Content: Asia Nikkei

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