Aug 15, 2014

METI to scold companies over keeping data secure

The government plans to urge companies to ensure personal information is being strictly managed in light of the customer data theft at correspondence education provider Benesse Corp., officials said Friday. The incident is prompting Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry to call on firms ...

Aug 2, 2014

Students dropping Benesse after data theft

Education company Benesse Holdings Inc. is losing subscribers to its “shinkenzemi” correspondence courses after confidence in its ability to protect their privacy was shaken by the massive data theft at Benesse Corp. last month. The service, which operates by exchanging coursework through postal mail, ...

Jul 25, 2014

Name list firm made ¥1.2 million selling Benesse client data

A name list trader who bought Benesse Corp.’s customer information from a systems engineer arrested last week resold information on some 4.5 million of the customers to an education company in Kyushu for ¥1.2 million (about $11,700), investigative sources said Friday. The Tokyo Metropolitan ...

Jul 25, 2014

Plug leaks in privacy protection law

The massive theft of customer data from education service provider Benesse Corp. underscores the value of such data for marketing purposes, and the need to close legal loopholes that allow private information to proliferate so easily.

Jul 18, 2014

ECC linked to Benesse data theft

Major language school ECC likely bought some of the customer information stolen from rival Benessee and used it to send high school students cram school brochures.

Benesse leak suspect held; firm plans compensation

Jul 17, 2014

Benesse leak suspect held; firm plans compensation

A Tokyo systems engineer was arrested Thursday on suspicion of illegal copying for allegedly stealing data on millions of customers from the computer servers of education service provider Benesse Corp. The Metropolitan Police Department arrested Masaomi Matsuzaki, 39, on suspicion of downloading and copying ...