Recently, we have been encountering increasing numbers of incidents of leakage of personal information along with the popularization of the Internet and the developments in computer network. Computer network has become one of our important social infrastructures in this advanced information society, which enables us to easily transmit and receive large amounts of information. However, it has also brought us harmful effects such as possible violation of individuals' privacy rights by illegal use of information, which were caused by the difficulty of establishing rules of handling information and high moral standards. In these circumstances, it is our critical issue and responsibility to be engaged in dealing with safe management of information, especially "personal information protection," for a company like us in the information handling service industry.
IT-Com has been making every effort to build up a company structure, training, and operation system regarding personal information protection. Consequently, we passed the screening process of acquiring Privacy Mark certification on April 20, 2004 and started using of Privacy Mark from May 10, 2004. Upon the acquiring of Privacy Mark objectively evaluated by a third party, we will continue efforts to further raise our consciousness and improve privacy protection framework continuously.
Privacy Mark is a mark of "safe and reliability" which is granted to private enterprises that take appropriate measures to protect personal information by Japan Institute for Promotion of Digital Economy and Community (JIPDEC). The abbreviated name, "P mark" is well known today.
In recent years, anyone has been able to obtain and collect large amounts of personal information easily along with the accelerating pace of developments in information system. Various investigations have been also done to deal with "Recommendation of the Council Concerning Guidelines Governing the Protection of Privacy and Transborder Flows of Personal Data" (OECD8 Principles/1980) which stipulates guidelines in regard to handling personal information in the international society.
Responding to frequently occurring leakage of personal information, "Personal Information Protection Law" was enacted in May, 2003 through Diet debate regarding protection of personal information. Upon the full enforcement of the law in April, 2005, a comprehensive legal system was actualized.
We have been working on implementing training for employees, enhancing internal rules, and so on since an early stage on a company-wide scale. Consequently, we passed the screening process of acquiring Privacy Mark certification on April 20, 2004 and started using of Privacy Mark from May 10, 2004.
IT-Com has received the 6th renewal of certification of Privacy Mark after screening of application of renewal, documents, and on-site assessment. We will improve the Personal information protection Management Systems (PMS) across the board.