Everywhere you go, there’s the risk of unchecked government surveillance. From The Mainichi:
National civil servants handling secret information have been subjected to background checks without their permission and with no legal foundation for at least the past three years, it has been discovered.
More than 53,000 civil servants in almost every central government ministry and agency have been classified as “eligible” or “ineligible” to handle state secrets based on the background checks.
Not only is there no law mandating the checks, they could in fact violate the law (the Law for the Protection of Personal Data Held by Administrative Organs) and furthermore raise serious concerns over unlimited personal information gathering by the national government.
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