Tokyo ordered to pay damages to Muslim victims of privacy breach

There’s a follow-up to a breach covered previously on this site involving a data leak from the Metropolitan Police Department in Tokyo.

The Tokyo District Court ordered the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to pay 90 million yen (around $860,000) in damages to 17 Muslims for the breach of privacy lawsuit they filed against the city. Around 114 documents were leaked publicly to the Internet in 2010, including the names, addresses and photos of both informers and those suspected to have links to international terrorist activities.

Documents about the 17 Muslim individuals were collected by the Metropolitan Police Department for their fight against international terrorism. Data such as names, addresses, contact details, birthdays and photos were among the information leaked to the Internet. The MPD admitted the data was theirs, two months after it was leaked using a special kind of untraceable software. The department has since then vowed to protect the people whose identities were compromised. But the court ruled in favor of the 17 Muslims who argued that their privacy had been violated.

It’s not clear to me from the coverage in the Japan Daily Press whether any of these plaintiffs were among those who had their personal information subsequently published in a book following the leak.

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