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Panel warns over 30 firms that got Japan job-seeker data from scandal-hit Recruit Career

JIJI

A government commission has issued a warning to more than 30 companies that received from the Recruit Holdings Co. group data predicting the odds of job-hunting students declining informal job offers.

The Personal Information Protection Commission gave the warnings Wednesday, concluding that the firms’ personal information management was inappropriate. Among the companies were Mitsubishi Corp., JFE Steel Corp., Toyota Motor Corp. and Mitsubishi Electric Corp.

Personal information for a total of 26,060 job-hunting students was supplied to third parties without consent.

Recruit Career Co., a unit of Recruit Holdings, had provided the data to the firms without permission from the job-hunting students.

The commission also issued warnings to those two companies under the Personal Information Protection Law. It was inappropriate for them to supply the data to the client firms without the students’ consent to the information being given to third parties given that the Recruit firms were aware the clients would be able to identify the students from the data, the commission said.

It was the second time for Recruit Career to get such a warning. The previous warning was issued in August. The latest came after the commission found additional legal violations by the company during its investigation of the case.