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Japan's Recruit Career sells job-seeker data without consent

Employment service under investigation for possible violation of privacy law

Regulators in Japan are investigating whether Recruit Career, a job information provider, violated data privacy laws by selling personal information on potential recruits to third parties without permission. (Photo by Hirofumi Yamamoto)

TOKYO -- Recruit Career, operator of the Rikunavi job information website, sold to about 40 companies data on the likelihood that individual students may turn down job offers, and did so without obtaining the full consent of job-seekers, Nikkei learned Thursday.

That may violate the Act on the Protection of Personal Information, a law requiring companies to get permission before providing users' private information to third parties.

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