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Japan: Govt to Urge Stricter Firm Info Management
Source: the-japan-news.com
Source Date: Saturday, August 16, 2014
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: Japan
Created: Aug 20, 2014

The government will urge companies to ensure thorough management of information in the wake of massive leaks of customer data at major education service provider Benesse Corp., Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Friday.

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will send related documents on Monday to the Japan Business Federation—the largest Japanese business lobby, known as Keidanren—and other organizations, in order to ask companies to take measures necessary to enhance their information control systems.

Motegi said at a press conference he thinks that the data leak scandal at Benesse occurred as there were problems with many people concerned, including those in charge of managing internal personal information.

The minister suggested that companies need to fully check whether personal data they received from third parties, such as name list brokers, have been obtained legally.

In a related development, the ministry decided to revise the guidelines on the law protecting personal information by the end of September.

In the high-profile data leak case, a male system engineer was arrested and indicted for allegedly stealing personal data on a large number of Benesse customers in violation of the Unfair Competition Prevention Law.

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