Security Pipeline | Japanese Court Nixes New ID System

A Japanese court on Monday said the government’s national computerized ID system “seriously violates” citizens’ constitutional right to privacy, and ordered a prefectural (state) government in western Japan to remove data on dozens of residents from the system. Kanazawa District Court Justice Kenichi Ido ruled the Juki Net system unconstitutional because citizens have no control over their own personal data, public broadcaster NHK and other media said.

Ishikawa prefectural government was told to remove the 28 plaintiffs from its system, the reports said.

The ruling was the first of several lawsuits aimed at forcing the government to shut down its online database, which contains the name, address, birthdate, and sex of all 126 million Japanese nationals and was introduced in August 2002 to speed administrative procedures.

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So, this begs the question … when will our courts do something this honorable for it’s citizens.

There are databases all over the place. Vulnerabilities are all over the news due to having this type of personal data — not only in just in one database — but in thousands of them — and that data not being protected as it should right here in the US.


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