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Japan's government scales back Line app usage over security issue

Communications Ministry to demand report on data exposure to China affiliate

Line, which is primarily a messaging app but can be used for other things like applying for government documents, is in the spotlight over data security.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan's government is scaling back its use of the popular messaging app Line and investigating how it is employed across municipalities, as the service comes under scrutiny over data security.

Line's operator acknowledged earlier this week that employees of an affiliate in China had been able to view users' personal information. Now Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications and Cabinet Secretariat will suspend use of the app for anything that includes personal data. The ministry will also ask Line to report what happened in greater detail, Nikkei has learned.

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