Recruit Career Chief Apologizes over Job Data Scandal

Economy

Tokyo, Aug. 26 (Jiji Press)--Recruit Career Co. President Daizo Kobayashi apologized on Monday over the scandal concerning the company's sales to client firms of data predicting the odds of job-hunting students declining informal job offers without their consent.

"We're very sorry for causing trouble to many people, including students and companies," he told a news conference in Tokyo.

Using artificial intelligence, Recruit Career calculated the probability of students declining informal job offers based on data on 74,878 users of its "Rikunabi" job information website. Information on 7,983 students were given to third parties without their consent.

None of the 38 companies that bought the data in question used the information for making decisions on whether to hire students, according to Kobayashi. This was the first press conference by the company since the problem came to light recently.

Job-hunting students who use the Rikunabi site are increasingly concerned whether their personal information is protected appropriately, according to Kobayashi.

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