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US-Japan-EU to form alliance in data battle with China

Trio to set new rules for safe and transparent ways to exchange personal information

Big-name tech enterprises face increasing pressure to safeguard data after a series of breaches. 

TOKYO -- The U.S., Japan and the European Union will work together to craft rules on cross-border data transfers, aiming to safely share more information and so become more competitive in developing artificial intelligence as China vacuums up more and more personal data on its own.

American technology giants like Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon.com have held the upper hand when it comes to data. But they face increasing pressure to safeguard data following a series of breaches and the EU's May implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation, which generally forbids the transfer of personal information outside the trading bloc.

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