JIPDEC was established as a nonprofit organization in 1967.
Since its establishment, JIPDEC has worked to advance computer technologies and ensure the security of information systems.
With the progress of the IT industry, JIPDEC continues to tackle various issues and leads in building platforms for safe and secure IT usage. These activities ensure information security and have led to the development of an infrastructure for personal information protection.
Promoting Personal Information Protection
There is a growing interest in the processing and use of personal data, such as how oneʼs data is collected and where and how that data is used. With the growing interest in personal information protection, the development of prescribed procedures and rules for data processing and utilization has become a global trend. When creating rules to protect personal information, it is necessary to not only manage the collected data safely, but to also consider the impact on users at the design and development stage of products and services. Timely and transparent responses to consumer concerns are a key factor affecting corporate trust.
With personal data utilization by industries accelerating worldwide, Japan's Act on the Protection of Personal Information (amended in 2017) has introduced the concept of anonymously processed information, which is intended to further promote the use of anonymized data. In line with the development of a global framework for personal data transfer, the number of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) members complying with the Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR)＊ are growing. From January 2019, the European Commission and Japan mutually recognized each other’s data protection laws as providing an adequate level of privacy protection. In addition, technologies, systems, and frameworks are being developed to facilitate data linkages among companies and countries while maintaining personal privacy.
＊ The APEC CBPR system was developed by participating APEC economies after seeking the views of industry and civil society in order to build consumer, business and regulator trust in cross border flows of personal information. The APEC CBPR system has been in operation since 2011. Japan has participated in this system since April 2014.
Ensuring the trust of information on the Internet
With the development of the global digital revolution, the importance of ensuring services to secure authenticity, such as electronic signatures, are increasing. Technologies to prevent the tampering and falsification of electronic documents, and anti-spoofing measures are especially attracting attention.
With the rapid spread of electronic contracts using cloud-based platforms, there is a renewed importance of technologies in Japan such as electronic signatures ensuring contract authenticity.
JIPDEC is promoting various activities to ensure the reliability of services provided through the Internet.
■Services focused on ensuring trust
- JCAN Trusted Service Registration
- The "JCAN Certificate"
- Verification of authenticated e-mails
■Promoting awareness and reliability of information on the Internet
JIPDEC conducts surveys and research on web and email related technologies and helps support businesses to reinforce the reliability of their information.
- Survey on the adoption of Always-on SSL with SSL/TLS certificates
- Survey on the percentage of companies undertaking measures against e-mail spoofing
■Useful information services to enhance business activities
- ROBINS – The Cyber Business Register
- Registration and management of the Standard Company Code
■Implementation of the Designated Investigative Organization services
for the Act on Electronic Signatures and Certification Business
Research and recommendations for a data-driven Society
The spread and popularity of technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data, and Internet of Things (IoT) in our lives, along with advancements in digital technology is revolutionizing various aspects of Society. In the business sector, a limited number of top-tier companies are able to provide innovative products and services and are developing new markets through the collecting and use of vast amounts of data.
In the fifth "Science and Technology Strategic Plan" the Government of Japan advocated the creation of "Society 5.0". In this concept, the innovation of new technologies such as IoT, robotics, AI, and Big Data and the infusion of those technologies into key industries such as infrastructure, financial technology, healthcare, transport, and logistics, are all joined together by the sharing of digital data. These advances are designed to assist and meet the needs of individuals and will lead to the resolution of social problems.
In order to realize the goals of Society 5.0, various types of data, such as personal, locational and public data should be shared and used throughout Society, stimulating businesses to work together to solve social problems.
JIPDEC contributes to the building of Society 5.0 by conducting research on the effective use of data and promotes solutions to social issues such as population aging, natural resource depletion, and climate change issues.
- Research on advanced uses of data
- Enhancing collaboration between industry, government, and academia
Promotion of information security management
With an increase in the frequency and sophistication of information security incidents such as recent cyber-attacks and information leaks, it is becoming more crucial that organizations adopt comprehensive security measures in order to protect their critical information from various aspects that cover both technical and organizational perspectives. In these situations, businesses today face an urgent need to establish management systems for information security.
- Promoting the development of information management systems
- Participation in international standardization activities