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Japan to probe Line after reports it let Chinese engineers access user data

Japanese media reports that Line let Chinese engineers at Shanghai affiliate access Japanese users’ data without informing them. Japanese media: Four engineers at a company in China, who perform system maintenance for Line, were allowed to access servers in Japan from 2018 that contained the names, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of users. Line has since blocked access to user data at the Chinese affiliate, the company said. Line this month became part of Z Holdings, formerly Yahoo Japan, creating a $30 billion internet heavyweight to compete against local and U.S. rivals.

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