NHK Policy on Protection of Personal Information
Japan Broadcasting Corporation (hereinafter called "NHK"), a public broadcasting
organization supported by receiving fees, duly recognizes the importance of
personal information of the audience and is keenly aware of the fact that
personal information must be carefully and appropriately handled under the
principle of respect for the dignity of the individual. It is an important
responsibility of NHK to treat personal information of the audience carefully
The spread of the Internet on a global scale has established advanced computer
network, ushering in the environment where a huge volume of personal information
can be instantly transmitted. To ensure more appropriate handling of personal
information and achieve its mission of public broadcasting in such advanced
information and communications technology society, NHK has defined its basic
policies as mentioned below, thereby declaring that it will be committed to
the protection of personal information.
1. Compliance Concerning Protection of Personal Information
NHK will abide by the "Act on the Protection of Personal
No. 57. 2003), as well as other regulations and codes relating to personal
information, and will appropriately handle personal information in accordance
with internal rules of NHK. To this end, NHK will provide necessary education
and training to the personnel who handle personal information for the performance
of NHK services.
For the protection of personal information containing the individual number (hereinafter referred to as “specific personal information”), stricter measures are stipulated by the Act on the Use of Numbers to Identify a Specific Individual in the Administrative Procedure (Law No. 27, 2013, hereinafter referred to as the “Individual Number Act”) as special provision of the general statute, the Act on the Protection of Personal Information. NHK will establish a basic policy and rules on handling individual numbers and specific personal information in accordance with the Individual Numbers Act and other related laws and regulations and will strive to protect individual numbers and specific personal information.
2. Enforcement of Personal Information Protection Measures
NHK will take measures for appropriately handling personal
information and conduct proper safety and management steps for preventing
an infringement on the privacy and any other personal right arising from theft,
falsification, leakage of personal information, or any other incident.
In using personal information, NHK will separately establish, and abide by,
"Personal Information Protection Rules for Coverage, Literary Work and
Academic Research Fields" when handling personal
information for journalistic purposes such as the one provided in Article
50 (Exclusion from Application), Paragraph 1 of "Act on the Protection of Personal Information", and "NHK Personal
Information Protection Rules" when handling personal information for other
3. Strengthening of System of Protecting Personal Information
With the aim of properly managing personal information,
a chief supervisor, administrators and personnel in charge are assigned relating
to personal information protection.
4. Response to Complaints over Handling of Personal Information
Complaints over handling of personal information and requests
by the audience for the disclosure of their personal information are appropriately
and promptly noted and responded to by NHK broadcasting stations across the