Japan-U.S. Privacy and Data Protection Program was initiated in 1999
by the U.S. non-profit Center for Social and Legal Research (CSLR) to
track and report developments in Japanese privacy and data protection.
The Program is headed by internationally recognized privacy expert Dr.
Alan Westin, Professor Emeritus of Public Law and Government at Columbia
University, author of Privacy and Freedom (1967) and Director
of CSLR. Japan’s leading privacy expert, Professor Masao Horibe,
U.S.-Asian privacy expert Russell Pipe, and Japanese business advisor
Jun Sofue served as the Program’s initial advisors.
Program’s goals are to provide wide-ranging, objective and in-depth
coverage of the Japanese privacy and data protection environment, and
to make its work available through a free online web site, the Japan
Privacy Department on CSLR’s web-based PrivacyExchange service.