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Japanese Tech Lobby Opposes EU Cybersecurity Labeling

Japanese Tech Lobby Opposes EU Cybersecurity Labeling

Japanese Tech Lobby Opposes EU Cybersecurity Labeling

Japanese Tech Lobby Opposes EU Cybersecurity Labeling

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  • Japan, U.S. Tech oppose EU cybersecurity rules.
  • Issue: Restrictions on non-EU cloud providers.
  • Solution: Director urges EU to revise certification scheme.
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Japan Association of New Economy and major U.S. tech companies, including Amazon, Google, and Microsoft, have united to express concerns over proposed European Union (EU) cybersecurity labelling rules.

According to a letter sent to EU industry chief Thierry Breton, the coalition argues that these regulations could pose challenges to their market access within the EU.

The EU aims to establish an EU certification scheme (EUCS) to validate the cybersecurity of cloud services. This initiative is designed to assist governments and companies within the bloc in selecting secure vendors for their business operations. However, a contentious requirement within the proposed rules stipulates that non-EU cloud providers, such as Amazon, Google, and Microsoft, must form a joint venture with an EU-based company to qualify for the EU cybersecurity label.

This particular condition has triggered criticism from both certain EU member states and foreign vendors. The Japan Association of New Economy, a prominent business lobby group focused on e-business and new industry development, has joined the opposition.

Hiroshi Mikitani, the director of the Japan Association of New Economy and CEO of Japanese e-commerce and fintech firm Rakuten, expressed the organization’s concerns in a letter dated November 28. Mikitani argued that the requirement could inadvertently create a de facto market access barrier, adversely affecting both EU and Japanese companies.

“We believe that the EUCS should be revised in light of the EU-Japan Digital Partnership, the Japan-EU mutual adequacy arrangement, and the Agreement in Principle on Negotiations Concerning Provisions on the ‘Free Flow of Data’ under the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement,” Mikitani stated in the letter.

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The European Commission has not provided an immediate comment on the matter.

As the debate unfolds, it underscores the complexities and potential international implications of cybersecurity regulations on the global tech industry. The collaborative opposition from the Japan Association of New Economy and U.S. Big Tech further emphasizes the significance of finding a balance between enhancing cybersecurity measures and ensuring fair market access for businesses across borders.

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