Early-Career Scholar Forum

“Social Management” for Personal Data Protection

Friday, 12 February 2021 | 12:15 - 13:00 (JST)
Zoom Meeting
  • Zhang Weiyu Project Research Associate, Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, The University of Tokyo
  • Tamaruya Masayuki Professor, Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, The University of Tokyo
Event Description

The rules of privacy and personal data protection have experienced two major changes due to the epoch-making technologies: Internet and AI. Those changes bring two contradictions for personal data management: individual rights vs. weakness for them to control, and the huge demand for data vs. high cost and isolation phenomenon.
Realizing the above contradictions, this presentation will explore “social management” mechanism as supplement to the current personal data protection. By referring to “social management”, it propose to introduce social power independent from individuals and third party data users to protect and manage personal data. With its centralized management and professional knowledge, social management mechanism allows effective protection of personal data and reduces the cost of large-scale data collections.
Although this method has not been widely applied, many Asian jurisdictions have made relevant explorations like establishing specialized organizations to collect and manage data, or regulation systems targeted to data collectors and users. This presentation will introduce relevant practices in Japan, China, and India to explore the structure of social management mechanisms and key aspects of the implementation process.