Japan to Regulate IT Giants' Personal Data Collection under Antimonopoly Law

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Tokyo, March 6 (Jiji Press)--The Japan Fair Trade Commission plans to regulate the collection of personal data by global information technology giants under the existing antimonopoly law, informed sources said Wednesday.

The JFTC is considering how to interpret the law for this purpose and which cases would constitute an abuse of advantageous positions, a type of behavior prohibited by the law. The commission is also looking to draw up related guidelines, according to the sources.

The antitrust watchdog is expected to finish work on the matter this summer or later.

The domestic law has so far applied to cartel and other cases involving business-to-business transactions. On Wednesday, however, JFTC Secretary General Akinori Yamada told a press conference, "We don't think transactions with consumers are excluded from the law's coverage."

The move comes amid mounting criticism, mainly outside Japan, of IT giants' commercial use of personal data, including browsing logs, without the consent of consumers.

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