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Japan aims to shield personal data from Google and other giants

Breaches by foreign tech companies currently escape punishment

Japan is moving to beef up data protection rules in the face of major breaches at global tech companies.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan has taken a step toward policing foreign technology companies under the same communication privacy rules that govern domestic companies, responding to a string of personal data breaches around the globe.

A panel of experts under the communications ministry on Monday called for expanding the telecommunications law to foreign businesses, reasoning that the current situation poses a risk to the public.

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