On June 24, the Strategic Headquarters for the Promotion of an Advanced Information and Telecommunication Network Society within the Cabinet Office released the "Policy Outline for Institutional Amendment Regarding Protection and Utilization of Personal Data." The Policy Outline sets out the basic framework for the amendment of the Personal Information Protection Act, including establishment of a privacy commissioner to strengthen enforcement of the Act. The Policy Outline is open for public comments until July 24. Following review of the public comments, the bill for amendment will be submitted in the January session of the Diet in 2015.

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