[Japan] Asia Internet Coalition Submits Comments on Draft Report by the Study Group on Platform Services [August 2022]

Download: [Japan] Asia Internet Coalition Submits Comments on Draft Report by the Study Group on Platform Services [August 2022]

The Asia Internet Coalition (AIC) has submitted comments to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) on the Draft Report by the Study Group on Platform Services (プラットフォームサービスに関する研究会 第二次とりまとめ(案)

We commend the MIC for your efforts in drafting the Report of the Study Group on Platform Services. Indeed, this report is timely given how the COVID-19 pandemic has essentially resulted in a huge surge in internet traffic as many countries have either gone under lockdown or are returning to lockdown conditions following a resurgence in cases. Therefore key issues related to online bullying, harassment, disinformation along with the handling of user information are more pertinent than ever for nations to address. While we support the efforts by the MIC, we wish to highlight some concerns with regard to the draft report that may have unintended consequences in the regulation of platform services.