News : Benesse Finds New Customer Info Data Leak
Tokyo, Japan, March 18, 2015 -- Benesse Holdings Inc. said that a new customer data leak was found at an education service unit, after the company was the target of Japan’s largest-ever data theft scandal last year.
A temporary employee at Transcosmos Inc., a Benesse Corp. subcontractor for call center operations, illegally acquired personal data for 23 customers when he was allowed to access the data between March and August last year, Benesse Holdings said.
The stolen data were not leaked to a third party, it said.
This is the latest setback for the Japanese education business company following the arrest of a system engineer employed on a temporary basis at an affiliate. That temporary worker is suspected of stealing data for some 40 million Benesse customers for sales to third parties.
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The new leak was found after the Transcosmos temporary employee in his 30s was arrested over a different crime. Transcosmos dismissed him on Jan. 28.
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry asked Transcosmos to report by Tuesday details of the incident and measures to prevent a recurrence.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Benesse Corporation is a Japanese company which focuses on correspondence education and publishing. Based in Okayama-City, it is the parent company of Berlitz Language Schools, which in turn is the parent company of ELS Language Centers.
Published: Friday, March 20, 2015
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