Z Holdings launches special committee on LINE data access issues

Z Holdings (ZHD) was pointed out on March 19 that Chinese affiliates were able to access the user data of the “LINE” app, and a special committee for verification and evaluation by outside experts (chaired by Tsune Anato) Kotobuki (Professor, Graduate School of Law and Politics, The University of Tokyo) will be established. The first meeting will be held on the 23rd. The issue was reported by the domestic media on the 17th. On the same day, ZHD subsidiary LINE explained the situation of storage and management of personal data about domestic users, security measures, etc., and said that there was no fact of unauthorized access or information leakage by outsiders. According to ZHD, the special committee will evaluate and verify the actual situation of data handling of domestic users on LINE from the viewpoint of privacy, security, and governance, and propose future countermeasures based on the legal system of each country. .. In addition, a technical verification subcommittee (chaired by Hiroshi Kawaguchi, CEO of Kawaguchi Design) was established by an outside expert in the field of cyber security. In the future, in addition to proceeding with verification at multiple meetings, it plans to work on governance of the entire ZHD Group in the medium to long term. Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Ryota Takeda said at a press conference after the Cabinet meeting on the 19th that he received an explanation of the situation from ZHD, and for the time being, he plans to suspend the operation of LINE in the ministry in recruiting activities, soliciting opinions, and responding to inquiries to users. In addition, he requested the local government to report the current status of LINE usage by the 26th. “We believe that it is necessary for LINE, which is a notified telecommunications carrier, to carry out proper business operations, and in cooperation with related ministries and agencies, we will first firmly grasp the facts and take appropriate measures. I want to. ”