Tokyo court: Data in Benesse leak not private enough for redress

A court opinion out of Tokyo may make it harder for plaintiffs in breach lawsuits in Japan to demonstrate harm or injury worthy of compensation. The breach and lawsuit against Benesse Corporation have been reported previously on this site in 2014 and 2015.

Takuya Kitazawa reports:

The Tokyo District Court rejected plaintiffs’ demands over a huge leak of personal information from education company Benesse Corp., ruling that names, birth dates and addresses are just not “private enough” to warrant compensation.

Presiding Judge Yoshihide Asakura also said in his ruling on June 20 that such data are disclosed to third parties on daily basis, and that the plaintiffs did not suffer much psychological distress from the leak.

Read more on The Asahi Shimbun.

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