Can’t I get a resident card on LINE? IT company sues the country September 10 at 7:30 p.m.
A company that started the nation’s first service to receive resident certificates using LINE’s app on smartphones filed an appeal with the Tokyo District Court, saying it was unfair that the government said there was a “security and legal problem.”
The appeal was caused by BotExpress, an IT company in Minato-ku, Tokyo.
This company developed a service that allows AI to verify identity and obtain a copy of a resident’s card by sending an image of a face photo and a driver’s license using LINE’s app on a smartphone, and it was introduced in Shibuya Ward for the first time in Japan in April.
However, immediately after the launch of the service, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said, “The identity verification is not carried out by an electronic signature using my number card, etc., and there is a risk of spoofing. There is a security problem, and it violates the Basic Resident Register Act.”
In this regard, the company filed an appeal on October 10 that the national notice was unjustified, saying that security is high, there is no risk of spoofing, and there is no fact of violation of laws and regulations.
At a press conference, Kazuki Nakashima, the company’s president, said, “The government is calling for an unrealistic system that even financial institutions do not use, such as ‘electronic signatures are necessary’. We haven’t compromised on safety, so we want to ask the country to be able to use it for many people.”
Regarding the complaint, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said, “We have not received a complaint and will refrain from commenting.”