Recruit Career Sells Data on Job Offer Refusal Odds to 38 Firms

Economy

Tokyo, Aug. 2 (Jiji Press)--Japanese job information provider Recruit Career Co. has said that it had sold to 38 client companies data on odds of job-hunting students declining informal job offers calculated by artificial intelligence.

Recruit Career said Thursday that it suspended the sale on Wednesday, after the government's Personal Information Protection Commission told the company that its explanations to students about the service were insufficient.

The AI-based service in question predicts the probability of students declining informal job offers they once landed, partly by analyzing their history of browsing Recruit Career's "rikunabi" job information website. The data analysis and odds prediction are made based on students' consent given when they were registered for the Internet site.

Recruit Career started to sell such data in March 2018 to the 38 companies that vowed not to use the provided information in deciding whether to grant informal job offers to applicant students covered by the AI-based odds prediction service.

The company said it will not resume the service until it finishes a study on ways of giving students sufficient explanations about it.

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