Japan to Oblige IT Giants to Disclose Info Collection Purposes

Economy Politics

Tokyo, Aug. 30 (Jiji Press)--Japan will oblige information technology giants known as digital platformers to disclose to their users the purposes when collecting their personal information, according to draft guidelines by the Fair Trade Commission.

Acquisition of personal information by such IT giants without telling users about the purposes would constitute a violation of the antimonopoly law, said the guidelines released Thursday.

The antitrust watchdog will collect public comments on the guidelines until the end of September before finalizing them.

There is a "disparity in the quality and quantity of information and negotiating power between consumers and a digital platform operator," the FTC said.

Provision of users' personal information to a third party without their permission would be regarded as abuse of superior bargaining power banned under the law, the FTC said.

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