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Japan: Regulator wants to tighten regulations on global IT giants

 |  March 20, 2019

Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Wednesday, March 20, quizzed a Google executive over the firm’s data protection and other procedural protocols as the government sets about clamping down on regulations for global IT companies operating here.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will also question Facebook on Friday, March 22, to gauge whether, along with the likes of Apple and Amazon, the company may be in breach of antitrust laws.

“We need to compile transparent and fair rules to remove the negative impact while promoting technological innovation at the same time,” LDP policy chief Fumio Kishida said at the start of the meeting with the executive from Google’s US headquarters.

The government is concerned that the companies in question may be collecting customers’ personal data without consent and concealing the ways in which they use the information.

The LDP’s Research Commission on Market Competitiveness Policy panel has already held talks with Apple and Amazon Japan officials and will make recommendations on the issue in April.

Full Content: Xinhuanet

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