The Japanese Unfair Competition Prevention Act grants legal protection to big data

On 1 July 2019 the Unfair Competition Prevention Act was amended to afford new legal protection to Big Data. The act regulates several types of unfair competition, including the new act of wrongfully acquiring, disclosing and using Big Data. Thus, parties should review their management systems, internal rules and agreements regarding the handling of data in order to ensure that such data is eligible for this new legal protection. Background Following the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the way in which data is used has changed significantly (eg, the Internet of Things and AI) and the increasing importance of data is now well recognised. However, cases in which data is subject to legal protection under Japanese law remain

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  • Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu (Tokyo)

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Tonomura Keiji, The Japanese Unfair Competition Prevention Act grants legal protection to big data, 1 July 2019, e-Competitions Bulletin October 2019, Art. N° 91702

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