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Line silently exposed Japan user data to China affiliate

Wildly popular app failed to say so in its privacy policy

Line has around 86 million monthly active users in Japan -- equivalent to more than two-thirds of the country's total population.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Technicians at a Chinese company affiliated with the Japanese provider of the Line chat app had access to personal information of users in Japan.

Line Corp. made inadequate disclosures on foreign access to data in its privacy policy. The company has reported the incident to the Personal Information Protection Commission here and said it had already moved to end the Chinese affiliate's access. A third-party committee will soon be set up to investigate, according to a news release by Line on Wednesday.

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