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Big Tech to face antitrust law on user data in Japan

Tokyo looks to protect consumers from unfair privacy policies

Japan's efforts to protect consumer data are aimed mainly at global technology giants.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Technology groups such as Google, Facebook and Amazon.com will face stricter rules on handling personal information in Japan, which looks to use antitrust law to stop unfair trade-offs between privacy and free services, Nikkei has learned.

The government aims to draw up a plan for stronger regulation of so-called platform providers as early as midyear.

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