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Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent execs to be grilled by Japan lawmakers

Data hoarding and ties to Beijing raise alarm

Chinese technology giants Baidu, Alibaba Group Holding and Tencent Holdings are called BAT.

TOKYO -- Japan's ruling party will invite executives from Chinese technology giants Baidu, Alibaba Group Holding and Tencent Holdings to hearings intended to examine their collection and use of personal information as Tokyo considers policies for protecting consumers and local businesses.

The three companies have fewer users here than American counterparts such as Google, and Facebook. But the continued growth of the Chinese internet titans raises concerns about the impact on markets and the risk of user data being concentrated in just a few hands.

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