Messaging app provider Line Corp. said Wednesday its users’ personal info had been accessed by technicians in China without users being informed as required by law. A Chinese affiliate entrusted to develop AI tech had access to its database at least 32 times, the company said.
Communications minister Ryota Takeda said the central government issued a notification to local governments the same day, asking them to report on their use of the messaging app by March 26.
On Friday, the Personal Information Protection Commission said it will consider legal action against Line over the matter, while PM Suga said that the government is reviewing its use of the popular app.
In other big news from the Japanese tech world, Toshiba shareholders on Thursday voted in favor of an independent investigation into allegations that investors were pressured ahead of last year’s annual general meeting — a landmark win for corporate governance in Japan.
The vote marks only the fourth time that a shareholder motion has won approval in Japan and the first at a major company that is a household name, albeit one sullied by a string of scandals.
Also at the tail end of last week, Rakuten shares recorded their biggest gain in 18 years after investors bet that a ¥242 billion stake sale and deepening collaboration with partners like Tencent Holdings and Japan Post Holdings would help the company acquire customers and shore up its logistics network.