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Line's privacy blunder reveals holes in Japan's data rules

Exposure of personal info to Chinese companies raises questions about consent

Chat app provider Line apologized Wednesday for not fully informing users about exposing their data to a Chinese affiliate. (Photo by Kosaku Mimura)

TOKYO -- The admission Wednesday by chat app provider Line that its Chinese affiliates had access to Japanese users' personal data underscores the inadequacy of information privacy regulations governing data that could cross borders.

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