Japan Personal Info Commission Inspects Line

Politics

Tokyo, March 31 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government's Personal Information Protection Commission inspected Line Corp. on Wednesday, after an incident in which data of users of the messaging app provider were left accessible by a Chinese subsidiary.

Investigators from the commission visited Line and its parent, Z Holdings Corp. <4689>, based on the personal information protection law.

The on-site inspection came after the commission on March 19 demanded that Line submit a report on the incident. If violations are found, the commission will take action, including issuing advice and guidance.

The inspection is "designed to precisely judge compliance with the law," Yusuke Fukuura, secretary-general of the commission, said at a parliamentary committee. The commission needs to check Line's oversight of affiliates and their access to data, Fukuura said.

At Line, engineers at a Chinese subsidiary were able to see users' personal information stored in Japan between August 2018 and February this year. On March 23, the company said it had terminated the development, maintenance and operation of its dialogue system in China.

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