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Japan to give internet users more control of their browsing data

Third parties will have to get user consent before they can buy information

Website operators will have to provide users a way to guard their browsing data from third parties under new rules Japan's communications ministry intends to write. (Photo by Yuki Kohara) 

TOKYO -- The Japanese government will require that website operators give internet users a way to keep their browsing data out of the hands of third parties as it moves to address growing privacy and security concerns, Nikkei has learned.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications will start studying concrete measures in December, with an eye on amending the telecommunications and business law and guidelines. Besides addressing privacy and security concerns, Japan intends to move closer to international standards.

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