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Recruit Career sold job applicants' browsing data to dozens of firms without consent

Recruit Career sold job applicants' browsing data to dozens of firms in Japan without consent

JIJI

Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. are among dozens of companies that bought data detailing the job-hunting activities of potential hires, it was learned Tuesday.

The data related to the probability of student job-hunters declining informal job offers. It was compiled by employment data provider Recruit Career Co., part of the Recruit Holdings Co. group.

Recruit Career is under fire for providing the data without consent. It scrapped the service on Aug. 4, days after it came to light.

The automakers said they did not use the data to decide whether to offer the candidates jobs.

The service, Rikunabi DMP Follow, predicts the probability of someone declining an informal job offer based on how they browsed through Recruit Career’s Rikunabi job information website.

The Recruit Holdings Co. unit said 38 companies bought the data, adding they promised not to use it in making a decision. The clients are now likely to come under pressure to tell the students what went on.

A Toyota official said the company bought the data “with the aim of reducing the number of students who decline informal job offers.”

A Honda official said it purchased the data “on a trial basis, to support students who attended job-hunting events.”

Offering information on individuals to third parties requires prior consent. The names of the other 36 companies that bought the data are not known.

Since Recruit Career handed over the details without consent, it may have violated the personal information protection law and may face administrative punishment, sources familiar with the matter said.